Being an astute observer of — and enthusiastic participant in — nightlife since the '80s, Michael Musto has seen the scene change over the years. He says social networking in particular has changed the dynamics of clubs, mostly for the better:
"It's taken a lot of the sexual urgency out of nightclubs for straights and gays and anyone else, because anyone can get laid online. Anyone can hook up on Craigslist, or for the gays it's Manhunt or Grindr — and they've probably already done so by the time they've gotten to the club, and they can do so again when they get home. So the clubs are no longer a place where you have to meet somebody," he says. "I actually used to think that was a problem, but now I think maybe it's good. It's good that there isn't that kind of horrible pressure on the situation, and the bright side of networking is that you can put out your invitation to a mass audience and really get a crowd. In the old days, you had to like sit and mail them out or call and beg people to come, but now you just press 'click' and your club is filled with fabulous people."