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Wednesday, August 17, 2005

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As always, the Guardian shows that it's default argument against anything is to call it "sweeping and snobbish" (or elitist), as in those who think not reading much is a bad thing: "It's fine for anyone to confess that they really can't stick shopping; one can even seem quite smug about it. Not so if you aren't keen on books. Reading must be about the only pastime that is pretty much universally seen as 'good' and virtuous - so to say openly that you don't like books puts you beyond the pale. For someone to say they don't care for reading labels them as some kind of thickie pariah, fair game for any insult. To decide any such thing on the basis of one single trait seems both sweeping and snobbish."