Alyssa Bereznak, Gizmodo Intern, Disses Magic: The Gathering, Feels Wrath of a Million Nerds
Here are the IAMA highlights.
Q: What was your first reaction upon reading her post about you?
A: I felt a little, I dunno, violated. Even though the post itself didnt make me look bad at all(at least I didnt think). Still, its sort of like someone publishing emails you wrote to your girlfriend, or posting part of your diary - it just feels wrong
Q: How many girls have asked you out since this all exploded? I noticed Felicia Day in your twitter, did she say something to you?
A: If you include twitter messages from other continents saying 'Id date you', then a lot.
As for Felicia Day, it appears she made a tweet or two about it, but I dont really know much about her, except that she seems like a lovely woman who is apparently loved by gamers
Ed note: "Made a tweet"? What kind of Internet phenom are you?
Q: Do you actually care about the Gizmodo article and huge overreaction to it?
A: I think it's kind of funny. I mean really the article coulda been a lot worse. I think I'm unpale (for me at least) after a summer of riding my bike and playing basketball, and I dont know if I've ever worn a 'hedge fund uniform' but there are worse things than "He was tall and thin and I cant believe he didnt tell me about this game he used to be really good at"
Q: Did you google her before the date?
A: Yeah. She had a pretty good, heartfelt article about her dad and Ayn Rand. One of the main reasons I decided to go on a 2nd date with her after all
This last one really warms my heart, and brings everything full circle: Because before Alyssa was Magic girl, she was Rand girl.
But as of today, what was formerly an "Alyssa Bereznak" search-engine yield of purely Ayn Rand hate/love posts has flipped completely to rants by online gaming nerds and their supporters (and a couple defensive pieces in reverse backlash). Just another sign this classic 21st-century witchhunt will be a flash in the pan, and everyone will move on with their lives by dinnertime.
Q: Is pimping easy?
A: Hold on, lemme check w Snoop Dogg.....
No. Apparently Pimpin Aint Easy
Update: Someone apparently hacked Alyssa's Twitter and changed her self-description to "former @Gizmodo intern," despite the fact that Gizmodo has announced no such thing. Maybe not having Internet today is kind of worst-case scenario, after all. Update to the update: Not hacked! Internship ended Friday! Not that it'll quiet the Finkel crusaders from announcing it as a victory. Stupid.
Originally posted at 9:45 a.m.