By now most of you will have heard of the Gizmodo story written by Alyssa Bereznak about her oh-so-terrible date with a young hedge fund manager who… **gasp, shock, quelle horreur!** also turned out to be the world champion player of Magic The Gathering.
I’m not going to link to the story, for many reasons. To start with, it’s already well-known enough; if you want to find it, you’ll be able to easily. For another… it’s on a Gawker site. Gawker is all about the pageviews and this article is in many ways a blatant trolling expedition in order to rile up nerds in the name of generating more pageviews.
I do, however, have quite the bone to pick over Ms. Bereznak’s hack-job of an article. Not only is it badly written trash, but it’s also indicative of attitudes towards online dating, nerds and nerd culture. The fact that Alyssa Bereznak seems to feel justified in trying to drag a man’s name through the mud for the crime of having not been the best date ever is mostly an indicator of her lack of worth as a person.
But I’ll get to all of that in a minute.