A funny thing happened on our way from school, from being the awkward ones, the picked-on ones, back in the day when it wasn’t yet a good thing to be the smartest person in the room.
“All of a sudden, geeks become cool,” writes blogger Michael Poh. “They are now admired by their peers for their superior intellectuality despite their perceived lack of sociability. Now we see the rise of ‘geek chic’ as celebrities like Justin Timberlake donned geeky fashion clothing and the inseparable geeky specs. Geeks like Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Apple’s Steve Jobs are now immensely rich, famous, and most importantly, worshiped by everyone else for their innovations.”
Wait, did he say “lack of sociability”? Well, that’s the stereotype, anyway, along with liking science fiction and fantasy and being fascinated by technology --perhaps to the exclusion of people.