-esque anthology TV series about technological anxieties and possible futures, was released on Netflix on December 29th, 2017.
In this series, six writers will look at each of the fourth season’s six episodes to see what they have to say about current culture and projected fears.
Throughout all this, there’s never any mention of who owns The System, or whose purposes it serves.
The System’s omnipresence, the lack of any visible figurehead pulling the strings, and the stern enforcers all add more layers of tension to the matchmaking process.
Online dating is more popular and more socially accepted now than ever before, but only around 27 percent of Americans aged 18-24 use dating apps, according to a study from Pew Research.
Even those who do use them often remain open to other ways of meeting people. Everything is part of the System — users even affirm their sexual consent by checking off a few boxes on their Coach devices. It does seem possible that we could eventually give dating apps more decision-making power than they have now, especially in the name of convenience or compatibility, as a way to lower the stakes of those difficult first meetings.
) “Hang the DJ” opens with a date between Frank (Joe Cole) and Amy (Georgina Campbell), both new to The System, on a date at some nondescript restaurant.
Afterward, automated golf carts shuttle them to a small home in the middle of nowhere, where they must spend the night together.
The main difference between this world and ours lies in the amount of influence dating apps have on individual lives.Frank and Amy have a good first date, with easy, witty conversation, but The System has determined their relationship will only last one night.Neither of them argue, or try to override their orders: dating only exists within The System, so there’s no point in seeing each other again without its permission.creator Charlie Brooker to center an entire episode around it.In the fourth-season episode “Hang the DJ,” many of the common complaints about dating apps — there are too many options, promising matches suddenly ghost, it’s difficult to tell how serious a relationship is, the anonymity of early interactions makes users vulnerable to harassment and abuse — all disappear, because personal choice no longer exists.