Georgina dating in the dark
Back in 2013, Ok Cupid tried something like this: an app called Crazy Blind Date, where profile photos were displayed as a scrambled image.
Users would input the times they had available to meet up and preferred locations.
Until the Emmy-winning "San Junipero" episode of season three, the cardinal rule of Charlie Brooker's Netflix series had been to expect a bleak moral of the story, one that is always accompanied by a shock twist.
But the series, which pairs techno-paranoia with human potential, upended its golden rule with the final moments of the love story between Yorkie (Mackenzie Davis) and Kelly (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), two dying women who found eternal love when uploading their consciousness to the cloud so they could live out all of their days in the simulated '80s resort town of San Junipero.
However, in the serene yet sanitized world Frank and Amy find themselves in, the danger seems to come not from their dates but from the security officers stalking about with stun guns.
Everyone seems to be looking for the same thing: a relationship. In real life, not only do daters experience bad matches (someone who doesn’t like you, you don’t like them, or you clearly both don’t like each other), but they also endure the heartbreak of good matches with bad timing (such as one person being off to a job or grad school in a different city).
The optimism of the episode, which aired shortly after the U. 2016 presidential election and in the wake of Brexit, spurred the LGBTQ-friendly love story to become an instant cultural phenomenon.
Now, several season-four stories have the potential to do the same.
It gives couples certainty about how long they’ll be together. This is basically technology-brokered arranged marriage with zero human input.
Even if the constant pairings in “Hang the DJ” seem like drudgery, the episode is far more optimistic than “The Lobster.” Even as Frank and Amy drudge through unsatisfying matches, success seems more inevitable than a lifetime of loneliness.
In fact, there are a few elements in “Hang the DJ’s” fictional universe that, at least at first glance, might seem like improvements on the real-life Tinder slog. Are you tired of coming up with small talk with strangers over Tinder messages? Instead, the System pairs people instantly and picks the meetup spot.
The app would then either set people up blindly or allow them to schedule with another user based on the times and locations they had on offer.
It sounds like a brilliant way to do an end-run around endless predate conversing, but Ok Cupid got a lot of backlash over the app. Well, one of the reasons people often don’t want to go on dates immediately with strangers from the Internet is that they want to make sure they’ll be safe — and often picking a public place isn’t enough to ensure that.