it would take to surf to a hundred web pages each day on the off chance
that they'd changed something? I don't have time for that and neither do you. RSS fundamentally changes the way we get information. It's not all that difficult to get started.
The Chicago Tribune's Eric Zorn writes a great intro to RSS here: Chicago Tribune | Eric Zorn.
He's using bloglines, which isn't my preferred RSS program, but it's free and works well. I've been using Newsgator for the last year or so. Why? Because Outlook is always open on my desktop and Newsgator plugs right into it. All of my subscriptions show up in folders very similar to my email folders.
If you want to learn more in less time, RSS is the only way to go.