I have been reading a lot of the books by Seth Godin lately via my Kindle. His material has lots of points and tips about creating in the Internet Age. I am finding them very useful.
However, his books lead me to another idea completely.
The other day, I began making some observations about the Kindle and reading in general. I usually have a book to read at work in the break room during lunch. The most reading my co-workers due is the local newspaper. I have to say the content level of the newspaper is lower than a Cliff Notes book.
When I reading an actual book. I usually hear things like this.
“Never heard of him.”
“I would just wait for the movie.”
“I don’t know why you would waste your time with that.”
“If it was good. I would’ve heard of it.”
“Was Best Seller?”
And the list goes on.
However, if I am reading a book on my Kindle I will be left alone from any comments.
I began to think about it. What is the difference? Then I realize that there is no book cover from a distance to see. And they want to judge a book about its cover. From there in a way it is a back handed judgment against me. They do not want to engage any conversation about the material that is in the book.
The most important thing for them to do is to Judge. And without seeing the cover they do not have a way to start laying it out that judgment.
The sad part is this mentality is pervasive across society. In a time where information can be easily distributed people do not seek it out. Especially if it might counter there argument. Plus, there is a lack of any civil discussion between opposing views. All the networks put two sides on for at most 5 minutes. And the two spend most of the time yelling at and over each other. The networks call this content and pat themselves on the back for it.
All I know as long as my “To Be Read” pile exists then all is good for me. And I will put my head down and continue to read on.
And all the non-readers can say whatever they want. They do not realize how small their world is.
And that is my silent judgment back at them.