I’ve been thinking about the way mobile phones are used in DM because I can’t help being surprised that there aren’t many young people seen texting in the show. We see the group of girls wandering through town on a regular basis, but they don’t have their phones out and they don’t have earphones in their ears. I am especially aware of this because everywhere I go these days, there are people looking at their phones, listening to music on their phones, and texting. It’s like a group obsession. But in DM there is very little texting or using phones to listen to music and tune out the world. We’ve had Morwenna and Al using their computers to establish new identities and join Cornish Couples, an online dating service. They text each other when they are presenting themselves as Nefertari and Colin. We’ve seen Bluetooth in the car when Martin tries to call Louisa while driving. We’ve seen Martin, Louisa, Pauline, Al and Edith all use mobiles, so we know that they are a part of life in Portwenn. In fact, Pauline makes the most of her mobile phone by disseminating photos of the doc and the dog after taking pictures on her phone. But not much texting?!
Actually, from what I’ve read, young people in Britain are moving toward instant messaging instead, but they would still be using their smart phones for that.
Our mobile phones have certainly changed our lives. Most places no longer have public phones, or have very few. We can reach each other almost anywhere now, although that’s not always good. For doctors it’s mostly helpful and we see that in DM. Without his mobile phone, M would be unable to contact Pauline or Morwenna to bring his bag, or he wouldn’t be able to help while in the car when Caroline gets an electric shock or he needs to summon an ambulance for any number of medical problems. It comes in handy when he wants to talk to Louisa, either to ask her a question or to find out where she is.
The show is such a combination of old and new that it becomes a bit confusing at times. We have computers, including laptops, but still have old fashioned radios, stoves, desk telephones, and classrooms. The old buildings and shops are charming and add character, but I am sometimes surprised to see the lack of modern devices and contemporary behaviors.
Originally posted 2014-03-13 20:49:38.