OK, this is the last 'x is dead' post for today, I promise! But really if your site doesn't have RSS, it is dead and not a live member of the worldwide RSS conversational flow.
RSS has reached the point for me personally, that if your site isn't available via RSS, you're dead to me. Seriously. There are some exceptions, but by and large, I like the self-contained nature of BlogLines and like to read through my list of 50+ feeds in a single sitting. Less browse, more peruse.
Now since this is a patch of common ground with ole Doc Searls, I will note that unlike his other smart-alecky critics, I understand what [whoever, not sure that this was credited to any one ClueTrain author, and I famously traded the book in at Half Price Books without finishing it, so who knows] was saying about "hyperlinks subvert hierarchy". One thing that more "traditional" entities in brick-and-mortar land (you know, "places") don't get, or didn't, is that on the web, nothing is off-limits on your publicly-facing site. You may want me to "only" link to your front page, but if I find your eMeat* specs noteworthy, I'm linking there, and passing it on. Nuts to you.
If you're super-worried about what can/cannot be linked to, then password-protect everything, or build an internal intranet**.
Thus, I found Tom Tomorrow's mini-rant interesting, because really, RSS is to some extent out of his control (apparently). A much higher level of flexibility (and portability) is applied via RSS, and while I'm not rushing out to hear "podcasts" (I will someday), I recognize the value in RSS feeds. FULL feeds, at that, not that lousy "teaser" stuff. Bonus points for formatting, instead of monster single paragraphs that make my eyes bleed.