Originally Posted by Ralph Sir Edward
What is cool? Cool is all about external attraction, external apperances.
Reading is about internal attraction, the internal mindscape.
They are opposed...
I think there's something to this. "Coolness" is a social attribute, and can only exercised in a social context. So solitary pursuits can only rarely be cool. This would mean that reading isn't cool. But alternatives to reading also aren't really cool. Watching TV isn't cool (it really isn't), nor is playing video games.
But mostly it's not about the activity - you can have a "cool party" or a "lame party," after all. It depends on who's there. And maybe on alcohol, especially if you are underage. But only because underage drinking is "cool".