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originally posted by: Emeraldous
The idea of portraying smart people as socially inept makes it difficult for the current trend to foment people getting into STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Math). The 80's had a lot of positive genius role models in their movies, something happened mid 70's. That something was Apple and the need for the power of computing to reach every home. The movie "War Games" is interesting because it introduced hacking and how a genius was enticing to his girlfriend. It portrays the genius butting heads with reality namely the military and "teaches/is taught a lesson. Where the computer actually finds out that "the only way to win is to not play the game" Watch Real Genius with young Val Kilmer, it was a movie that made a statement that smart people can be socially adept too and again It portrays the genius butting heads with reality namely the military and "teaches/is taught a lesson. I think there are more examples but the idea is that genius was made a role model in movies back then. But people watch movies and forget them, it's series that hold peoples attention for shorter periods hence their longer lasting effects on placing an ideal in children's heads.
Like any science, being good at it involves analysis and practice, so is social adeptness. Real Genius' idea of what Geniuses could be was great, but IMHO it was scrapped and incrementally socially inept people started showing up in shows like 3rd rock from the sun and later even worse ineptness in big bang theory.
Got to ask yourself would your children find the decision to become pursue STEM from watching the big bang theory? No way! Also is there something in having socially inept geniuses in science versus socially adept geniuses? Hmmm? Maybe they are easier to control haha!
Take Elon Musk, he seems to have an even keel and a business attitude at that. Well rounded and strategic, he's my personal hero. What say you ATS?