Matthew -- I like that! That would bring us full circle, since, of course, the Romans and Greeks didn't think speaking Latin and Greek was all fancy, but revered politics as proper education.
Though my money is on something involving uncomfortably intimate and smart machines.
I share your prejudice, in terms of my reactions and emotions -- I too am far more likely to justify Civ to myself as a guilty pleasure than I am Middlemarch. And yet I am also aware that, in doing so, ultimately I am being just as shortsighted as Rosamond.