October 10, 2016

Judging a book by its content

One my favorite audiobooks this year was Scott Adams’ How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. Which led me to start reading his blog — which was fine, until politics came in.

Can’t say he’s right or wrong about his point of view, I just know I disagree with him. Also, in my mind’s eye, he went from someone I enjoyed listening in the audiobook, to someone I kind of dislike.

Same is the case with Orson Scott Card’s and his anti-gay views. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead are among my favorite Sci-Fi books, but I find it sad that in later books I feel watchful to catch an agenda.

But don’t burn the books. Writing is about expressing something. You don’t have to agree with it, or even less, be persuaded by it automatically.

Reading stuff that you don’t agree with — from someone you share a passion — is great way to fight sampling bias in twitter, blogs and other stuff you read online.


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