Monday, August 29, 2011
Response to that OkCupid/Finkel crap on Gizmodo
Note: the "smoking hot babe" part was strictly for the haters who were trying to say everyone dissing the article was a lady-hating dude lol (link to article: http://gizmodo.com/5833787/my-brief-okcupid-affair-with-a-world-champion-magic-the-gathering-player)
This is mean-spirited trash. Well-written trash, but still trash. I agree with Software_Goddess below. The worst part is that this kind of geek-bashing actually makes gaming very hard for females that are trying to crack the guy-dominated scene. This is something that should be reserved for posting on a personal FB page or something, it's not worthy of an article. Unless Magic somehow violated this author's life or Jon Finkel spat into her tater tots and she now has a personal vendetta against the game, there is no cause to couch the story in such negative terms with her catty trolling verbiage. Magic players aren't worthy of dating. Geeks sucks. Nerds are scary. They're all weird. Yeah, really original content, things we've never heard before. This is a lot of fluff turned into a full article, apparently fueled by sheer cruelty. What I read between the lines is that Jon and she went on a date, there wasn't much chemistry, they had no common interests (she can't play solitaire, perhaps she felt out of her league? perhaps he was awkward? give us the real story, please, a less biased account would have been MUCH more interesting as well as enlightening) and then she used his Magic career to promote herself by writing a snarky article, and despite his efforts to be gentlemanly, and despite the fact he thought he was out on a date with a normal, thoughtful girl, he ends up getting slammed - simply because he likes Magic. Congratulations, you're a decent writer. Next time I hope you show some professionalism (if you take writing seriously) and change the name of your poor date, and use some discretion. I used to date on Match.com, and never wrote a public account of the horrors I had there despite the fact that I'm a smoking hot babe and a capable writer. What have I got to prove? Nothing. What have I got to gain? Nothing that's worth hurting people's feelings permanently. Returning a guy's good intentions with premeditated meanness is nothing to be proud of, no matter how clever a name you give it. You have hurt the Magic community with this article (both men and women), without even knowing what you're doing or who's going to care. Truly sad. Big brave sentences, small minded. All too common.