The debate over the film Anonymous and its premise that the plays were written by the Earl of Oxford, is spreading and heating up.
In a quick trawl through the web I found newspapers as far apart in space and content as the Los Angeles Times (with an article on students protesting against what they call the ‘discrediting of Shakespeare’) and the Fortean Times (with a lengthy write-up of the history of the Shakespeare Authorship Question – SAQ to those in the know) have taken the question seriously.
I had not thought that anyone outside of a few academics and the inhabitants of Stratford-upon-Avon really cared, but both articles suggest that strong feelings are being aroused in many places.
All of which demonstrates again the cultural power of film over most other art forms. It can even give The Bard himself some serious competition.