This very minor rant is inspired by this thread and it not directed toward anyone in particular, per se.
One of the main reasons I hang out at SDMB is because it is populated by intelligent, interesting, well read, well spoken individdles. I’m well aware that the average intelligence here skews higher than the general unwashed masses. I would have assumed that it is a mute point that we all have this in common to varying degrees. Why, then, the need for so many people to constantly declare how much they read, enjoy reading, carry a mini library around, and generally deem nonreaders troglodites? Forgive me, but it comes off as a thinly veiled pat on one’s own back. So you read; good for you. I also enjoy reading, yet it would never occur to me to care about what, or more specifically, if others read.
I understand that people that have something in common tend to discuss it with one another, and anyone that doesn’t share in that activity is free to skip that particular conversation. Something about people tripping over themselves to tell us all how many books they read at one time smacks of self promotion, though, and denigrating people who don’t enjoy that particular hobby is just academic elitism.
I’m not sure why this irritates me so much. When fellow dopers talk about things that I don’t care about, I either ignore it or check it out to see if there might be something to get out of it. I’m just always taken aback by the pride some people seem to take in their hobby, as if it’s some noble cause or something.
So I bow to you, oh voracious readers. You do put your non-reading brethren to shame. Not.