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'Tis a Puzzlement by Wagara 10/26/04Things use to be so much easier. Before recent technology was
available, it had to be so much simpler to write a soap. You could
always count on a busy signal, a cut phone line, a power outage or
even an unexpected storm to add drama to any given situation. These
elements often created consequences that rivaled the manipulations of
the vilest of villains.
Today, the Guiding Light is infused with
modern technology. Phillip is forever waiting for a fax, Sandy has
made a career of reading his email in public places, and Bill and
Olivia actually achieved the near impossible by stealing files from
Alan’s laptop while barely touching it. Across town, both Lizzie and
Tammy have conquered the world of phone cameras, and bless their
hearts, I truly believe Buzz and Frank will forever regret learning to
operate a VCR.
All of this pales in comparison to the biggest technical gadget of
all. The dreaded cell phone. Not only have cell phones become the most
common prop ever, but they’re driving conversation so often that
characters don’t even have to come face to face anymore. Are we
hurling toward a soap-world where eye contact will be a thing of the
past? Or will they be doing live shots through their phone screens
before long? Alex is sitting in a jail cell with a phone literally at
her fingertips while Bill is fielding Gus’ calls with four lines to
spare. While I may feel that the cell phone is somewhat overused, I
can admit that there are times when it drives the story in the right
direction. If it makes sense. If things are logical. If I can
understand how they did it?
Hence my puzzlement.
Just how does everyone know everyone’s cell phone numbers? How do
friends and foes alike know how to contact each other with no
assistance? How did Coop call Lizzie to invite her to meet him at
Pharley’s? And how did Lizzie know it was Coop on the line? Before she
answered the phone?? Does caller ID for cell phones actually exist?,
especially if the number wasn’t stored by a prior call?
How did Dinah get Cassie’s cell number for her ‘Blondie’ prank?
Don’t their address books have limits? How can they each store
EVERYONE’s numbers? When do they have the time to program the
contraption? When do the batteries get charged? Why do they get better
reception than I do? How can they hold the phone anywhere yet hear and
be heard perfectly? I have so many questions!
Most of all, I’d really like to know who’s got the number for the
service that provides anyone with anyone’s cell number? I have a few
writers I’d like to call one day. Just to pass along a few
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