Maybe it's unfair to compare our industry to software development or 'pure' IT, but it strikes me that people in our industry are far less passionate / motivated / knowledgeable about their technology / business.
Of course, there are some people who certainly are, but those appear to be the exception rather than the rule.
Examples of this:
- The lack of serious discussion, blogging, social media, etc. of industry people. Outside of IPVM, what really is out there?
- How poorly lots of people do on quizzes we offer even on things that are fairly basic or cover major news events. How can you be a professional and not know these things?
- How out of it a lot of people obviously are who we run into at trade shows, etc.
Net / net, it seems a lot of people just don't care and there's not a culture in this industry that makes people feel bad about being willfully ignorant.