Being a Digital Cyrano de Bergerac

Jan Willemsen

 

Daniel Hirsch goes from covering development at Mission Local to writing about his life as a cupid on The Bold Italic. 

In some ways, this is the “sharing economy” taken to its logical extremes, proving that with a little bit of cash, the Internet lets you outsource everything, even the intimate act of asking someone out.

For me, a queer male, logging into someone else’s OkCupid account and sending messages as them, be it a straight man or a straight woman, was oddly thrilling. But the experience also made me wonder if we are a generation for whom the mores of courtship, and, ultimately love, are completely and utterly out of whack. READ MORE OF THIS EXCELLENT PIECE

FYI: His own formula for success in getting dates for his client – El Zoro: ( reference to shared interest + measured compliment )^ fun greeting X ( PG innuendo/ delta of perceived attractiveness levels ) + 1/√pinache = Suggestion of Real Life Romance

 

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