In the 1980s, nerds became cooler with a boost from the 1984 comedy Revenge of the Nerds. These shunned misfits triumph over the jocks using their superior intellects. While there are several problems with the film when viewed through a 2019 lens, the idea that dorky outcasts can make good is an idea with staying power. Today, there are many giants in the tech industry who could be counted as nerds and there are many intellectual giants throughout history who are members of that nerdy group as well. There was even a book published in this decade, The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth, which argues that the things making one a nerd can ultimately become highly sought after traits.
For today’s Daily create, discuss your favorite nerds.