First, I apologize for the title. I really wasn’t intending to be punny.
I recently became an audible.com subscriber. At work, audio books save my sanity by making mundane tasks tolerable. As I was searching audible for information on social networks, the Internet, blogs, learning and intelligence, I was once again struck by my personal bias. When I search for non-fiction books, one of the first things I look for is the publication date. If the book was written before 2002 and it deals with any of the afore mentioned topics, I tend to skip over it and look for something a bit more fresh.
I’m starting to wonder, how prevalent is this phenomenon? Is my preference unusual or is it part of a growing norm. Personally, I suspect that this is part of an emerging trend fueled by almost effortless acquisition of up-to-date information. Knowledge seems to morph with increasing rapidity, especially as it pertains to the Internet and cyber culture.