Of course, setting up Mail and Vienna in order to let the information waves come to me, instead of climbing into my Firefox boat and paddling out to six different websites, isn't going to make me a better person. In fact, it may only save me a couple of minutes a day of mindless effort. This means that I have to ask if it's worth spending an entire day setting up and processing all of my email and feeds from the past three years, just so that I don't have to click on websites to get to it.
In short, the answer is yes. Some things were simply not meant for primary access through websites, and email and syndication are among them. I may even argue that the best affordances of email and syndication, such as automatic delivery or seamless scrolling through records, are trampled on by accessing them through websites, but I'll save that for another day.