Video dating for the 90 s
This very much feels like any other season of the show rather than the clock ticking down to some big grand finale.That being said, episodes like “Termidate” are the sort of entries that pop especially well in final seasons.I was addicted to AOL chat rooms, spending hours in front of my Gateway computer talking to strangers and swapping fake photos. Unless, of course, you were born in the 90s, and were subsequently too young for the sketchy days of online intimacy.My chat rooms of choice included a teen chat, where preteens and 50 year old men pretending to be preteens would exchange a/s/l (age/sex/location) and talk about trivial stuff (the contents of which I cannot for the life of me remember).
It was a space that did not promise to bridge the virtual with the real in some live encounter.
It was not a mechanism that allowed or encouraged me to blend my physical reality or even my identity in the physical real in any significant way with my virtual identity or social experience.
For me, the internet in the late 90s was a space for toying with authenticity and identity.
Throughout all of this, each of the guys try to embrace a certain macho persona. In a rather clever way, each of these guises that the guys take on distill their larger insecurities that fans have been seeing for seven seasons now.
The episode’s dating show structure allows each of them to strike out on their own as well as learn that they’re at their worst when they’re not working together.
Now, the virtual space and the physical real have become intertwined in ways that inform how people navigate the world, perceive each other, and perceive themselves.