Confession: Prejudice

Seth’s Blog: Deliberately uninformed, relentlessly so [a rant]: “The thing is, watching TV has its benefits. It excuses you from the responsibility of having an informed opinion about things that matter. It gives you shallow opinions or false ‘facts’ that you can easily parrot to others that watch what you watch. It rarely unsettles our carefully self-induced calm and isolation from the world.”

I’m sorry for this. I really am. It’s beneath me… but no, not really.

I confess that I am prejudiced. The person who tells me, “I hate to read”, is almost immediately looked down upon, his or her opinions devalued, and their “insights” dismissed.

Tell me that, “the last book I read was in high school and I’m pretty sure it was the Cliff’s Notes”, and I’ll tell you to “have a nice day” and I’ll be on my way.

Let me know that your online time is divided between Farmville and MySpace with no mention or discussion of receiving your news, reading blogs, finding information for your jobs and hobbies – and I’ll question why we’re even having the discussion.

When we have a chance to talk about a book and you reply with, “I’ll wait for the movie” – yeah, good luck with that.

Click through to read Seth Godin’s blogpost above, and you’ll either argue against him or find yourself shaking your head in “yes, yes, that is so true” acknowledgement. And I’m hoping that either way you fall, you’ll find yourself wanting to pick up a book and read more than the book jacket.

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