There’s no sign of class inequity or poverty or luxury.The whole world is apparently just men and women looking for their “ultimate compatible other” in a controlled environment.There’s only one option for anyone who wants love, sex, or anything in between.In this world, dating is a highly regulated process managed by something called The System, which promises every user that they’ll eventually end up with their perfect life partner.There are ultimately good reasons for that impression, but the way the story plays out is still striking in its narrow focus.The main difference between this world and ours lies in the amount of influence dating apps have on individual lives.
is most comfortable when it’s suspicious of technology, but it’s sharpest when it examines distinctly human anxieties.
There are already apps that collect data about your dates to determine whether you actually like them, and apps that award successful couples with “milestone gifts.” This past November, Tinder announced that it plans to release consumer-facing AI features that will “blur lines between the physical and digital world.” just pushes that further by prioritizing data collection over the actual user experience.
It doesn’t matter whether Frank or Amy want pasta for dinner, any more than it matters whether they want to spend years in enforced relationships with people they hate.
In “Hang the DJ,” those anxieties are related to social acceptance, loneliness, and the blank unknown of the future, the unanswerable question “How will my life ultimately turn out?
” The System might pair users with the wrong person, but without The System, they might choose the wrong person anyway — and have to accept all the blame for their failure.
creator Charlie Brooker to center an entire episode around it.