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Tinder is a social media/dating app. The main interface of Tinder shows photos of people using the app. Users swipe right for matches that they like, and left otherwise. The purpose of the app is to get dates, with the intent of a romantic relationship or sexual intercourse. However, in the comic, Cueball is trying to use it to get assistance flying a plane instead. This is bad, because it suggests Cueball is in charge of a plane he is unable to fly, and unless someone on board can fly, and matches with him, the plane will crash.
The title text explains that Cueball's unwise method for getting help stems from astonishingly skewed priorities and no small amount of selfishness. He claims to strongly dislike conversing over audio-only channels, and this dislike is apparently so overwhelming that he would rather jeopardize the lives of all the passengers on the plane (including his own) than put aside his own hang-ups. Even if we give Cueball the benefit the doubt and assume that he has a phobia of public speaking, most human beings tend to automatically suspend their irrational anxieties when experiencing the fear of imminent mortal peril, at least until after the danger has passed.
Randall may be satirizing people who use Tinder (and other similar social apps) by portraying an extreme caricature of a Tinder user.
This comic is similar to 1897: Self Driving, and as well as 582: Brakes, which also is about bad ways to get help in emergencies.
- [An iPhone-esque device is shown with the screen facing the viewer. On the screen is the Tinder UI. The main photo is of Cueball, in the cockpit of a plane which appears to be tilting to the left, holding up a makeshift sign saying:]
- If you know how
- to fly a plane
- please swipe
- right ASAP
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