By Sarah Williams. Pop culture as a medium always strives to focus on the extraordinary.
As an escape and release from everyday tedium, it is only natural that it would gravitate towards extremes, the ends of the everyday spectrum that tend toward the fantastic, unbelievable, and unforgettable.
Hence, many highly gifted characters have graced television and film. … Pop culture perpetuates two stereotypes of highly gifted people: the wisecracking whiz kid or the tortured genius.