In Brooks’ essay, his thesis states that “[t]he online dating world is superficially cynical . . . But love is what this is all about. And the heart, even in this commercial age, finds a way”(222)—implying that, although not perfect, online romance can work. He evidences his statement by illustrating how online dating “slows things down” (221), “puts structure back into courtship” (221), and “is at once ruthlessly transactional and strangely tender” (221). For example, he describes how couples might “exchange email for weeks or months” (221) when using a dating site, effectively slowing the dating process and adding more structure to courtship. He displays the transactional and sensitive side of Internet dating when he points to Internet exchanges between couples that “encourage both extreme honesty (the strangers-on-a-train phenomenon) and extreme dishonesty, as people lie about their ages their jobs, whether they have kids and, most often, whether they are married” (222). Brooks’ history of publication in widely known periodicals (like the New York Times (221)) and insightful, yet logical, writing style give validity to his essay; as, for exam...
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Both essays help inform their readers about online dating. Kantor and Brooks both present logical, well supported theses. Brooks’ piece provides a clear picture of online matchmaking services and their potential whereas Kantor’s essay offers a slightly narrower view by focusing on comparisons of social life in Austen’s novels with online dating. Additionally, Kantor chooses to mainly focus on women while Brooks focuses on men and women. The authors seem valid throughout their pieces because of their sound supports, but Brooks’ organization and language runs more smoothly by moving through the process of online dating while also making valid comparisons. Therefore, although both essays effectively inform, and potentially persuade, readers about online dating, Brooks’ work does such with a wider view and more finesse.
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