Have you ever fallen in love online? I did once. Or at least I thought I did. I spent the summer of 2007 spending an inordinate amount of time talking to a girl on Facebook who I had met, of all places, through a DC Comics forum. She loved Black Canary almost as much as I loved Green Arrow and, when it comes to comic book geek dating, that’s pretty much as perfect a match up as you’re ever going to find.

Despite the fact that we lived in the same city, it took us a couple of months to meet. I have no doubt that, even though we used how ‘busy’ we were as an excuse, it took both of us precisely that long to work up the courage to put a face and a voice to a lot of words that seemed to dictate that we were meant for each other. Finally, we met at a club night hosted by Simian Mobile Disco. We kissed and drank too much and fooled around and did other stuff that teenagers who spend too much of their young adult life indoors do.

It didn’t last, obviously. And I stopped reading Green Lantern for a while. (A year.)

Why have I just told you the above? Well, many of them emails I receive about sponsored posts are wildly irrelevant and make me feel like a sellout for even considering posting them. But occasionally, and only very occasionally, I receive an email about a project that resonates with me so much I’d probably write about it for free. Just…don’t tell them that.

Four Stories is a project by W Hotels and Intel in association with Roman Coppola (son of Francis Ford, brother of Sofia and perhaps, until recently, one of the lesser known Coppolas) that resulted in the production of four short films. Of those four, I was most taken with Modern/Love. Aside from the obvious chord it struck with me based on what’s written above, I also instantly fell in love with the soundtrack. If you’re already wondering what that soaring ‘kinda like MGMT but more indie’ anthem in the middle of the video is the answer is How to Disappear by Thomas Azier, and you can download it free here. You’re welcome.

More than that, though, I like all the thing that the film says between the lines about life online. It’s easy to forget that those men on Pinterest with immaculately groomed moustaches (that can, at least in the world of Modern/Love, sprout in a matter of hours) and wearing tweed in a Ryan Gosling-y kinda way aren’t always holding puppies, don’t always have good hair days and are starting to look their age in bad lighting. Likewise, those girls on Facebook (well, they had to go somewhere after Myspace died…) who seem to have all the cleavage in the world and claim to have liked that band you love since before everyone else did are probably just wearing a really good bra and breathing in while someone takes their photo. And they probably only actually heard of them after Crisis. (Alexisonfire joke, skip it.)

The message of Modern/Love is perhaps that while the modern world facilitates the telling of all sorts of stories, it can also lead to putting things on hold (sometimes indefinitely) and creating scenarios so idealised that the real world can never match up to them. I think fate, happenstance and random encounters will always be what really makes the world turn. People always say that ‘you should never meet your heroes.’ Well, I say you should always meet your Twitter friends. The sooner the better. That way you can find out if they have a really annoying voice before you start crushing on them.

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If you want to find out more about Modern/Love, head here.

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  1. bobbi

    There is so much about this I can relate to (but I won’t go into detail because…lesson learned, no need to rehash, lol)! I completely agree with you about meeting your online friends if possible (but I have very few horror stories and have mostly formed great relationships with my Twitter + blog friends). I’m sure my opinion would be different if one of them turned out to want to turn my skin into a lampshade or something….

  2. Robyn

    That’s actually a really beautifully directed short film!
    I’m curious how many other people have met people in person that they first spoke to online… I’d think the stats are pretty high now, especially in the blogging community of course! I met my boyfriend 3 years ago after chatting online for about 6 months and I’ve met a few people I follow on twitter, most of the time people aren’t what you anticipated (rarely in a bad way!). As you’ve suggested, it’s a great way of finding people with similar interests to your own though. It’s such a strange world we live in really isn’t it! You feel like you ‘know’ someone without even hearing their voice or without having ever seen them in the flesh.