It was Time Magazine which said “The Geek Shall Inherit the Earth”.
And it’s a term that, until very recently, was seen as derogatory. If you were a geek you were NOT cool.
So what changed?
Well, the advancement of technology and the dominance of the World Wide Web meant things that could only be understood and deciphered by individuals with a brain the size of Stephen Hawking’s were now at the touch of a fingertip.
Movies like the Lord of the Rings trilogy made swords-and-sorcery mainstream while the relaunch of Doctor Who as a prime-time TV series meant science fiction was no longer a minority genre.
It became cool to not like the same things as everybody else.
So being a geek – a word that I would interpret as being obsessed with something that isn’t mainstream – has become the thing to be, and for me I’m well into geek territory when it comes to William Shakespeare.
I find the Bard’s backstory, and the way of life in Tudor England, fascinating but, of course, it’s his plays that really get me excited.
They have everything – scandal, humour, action – and so much is relevant today.
My favourite is Richard III, so you can imagine how excited I was when it was revealed last week that the Last Plantagenet’s remains were found in Leicester.
In fact with everything that went on in the news last week, “A horse, a horse, my kingdom for a horse” has never had so many meanings! Lasagne anyone?