Lost in Austen
An interesting extension to consider that is not perhaps entirely tangible is the use of language in the show. When Amanda Price, a woman living in modern-day England, first enters the realm of Pride and Prejudice, set in the early 1800s, she has trouble communicating with and understanding the people living there. Her first encounter with a maid was forced and apparently difficult for her. Throughout the first episode of the show, she continuously has trouble deciphering the message that the other characters are trying to get across to her. Similarly, the other characters struggle to understand Price as well. The point is, the use of language and our ability to very quickly understand the messages we are trying to tell one another can be taken for granted. When thrust into an environment where the messages aren’t as clear, the pace and pattern of the individuals involved can be altered heavily.
Another extension in the show Lost in Austen is Price’s cell phone. In modern times, most everyone uses their cell phone daily, whether it be to communicate with other people through text or calls, or the simply browse the internet. When Price finds herself in the time period of Pride and Prejudice, she instinctively reaches for her cell phone, despite being acutely aware that it won’t work. Cell phones change the pace of our lives by allowing us to communicate rapidly with the outside world. Additionally, it changes the pattern of our lives because there are many things we would be doing, such as interacting with other people face-to-face, had cell phones not been invented.
The Real Housewives of Jane Austen
Television: In the article from The Atlantic, the extension of the television drastically changes the scale, pattern, and pace of not only the people watching the shows, but the people involved in the shows. In ABC’s show The Bachelor, 25 women compete to marry one man, whom selects the “winner” through a series of eliminations. No doubt, the show portrays a negative image of women. The people watching the show (especially the men) more than likely began to perceive women as ambitionless gold-diggers desperate for marriage. Reality television has created a narrative and generalities for both men and women.
Social Media: Without the invention of social media, more likely than not most of the reality television stars that exist today would not exist. The fact that people can follow their favorite celebrities on Instagram and Twitter allows the pattern and scale of the celebrities and their fans to change. In the case of the Kardashians, their fame may not exist had their drama with Tyga and Blac Chyna not been so closely followed.