Family portrait: Sitcom episode takes place entirely on laptop screen

23 : 02 : 2015 Modern Family : Connection Lost : The Sharded Self

US – One of the world’s most popular sitcoms is tapping into the zeitgeist of our connected lives in an episode that takes place entirely on a laptop screen.

Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television
Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television
Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television Connection Lost by Modern Family on ABC/Twentieth Century Fox Television

Due to air on 25 February 2015, the latest episode of Modern Family uses character Claire Dunphy’s MacBook Pro as the catalyst of the episode.

Connection Lost follows the search for missing errant daughter Haley, told through iMessages, FaceTime, Facebook and other live messaging apps.

‘I have two daughters at college and we do a lot of FaceTiming,’ said series co-creator Steven Levitan during a recent press event in Los Angeles.  ‘And I realised that on that screen you could tell so much about my life. So the original idea came from there.’

The episode uses some of the techniques first seen in the short film Noah, a heart-wrenching insight into the way our always-on, digital lives are affecting our relationships.

For more on the interaction between our online and offline selves, read our macrotrend The Sharded Self.

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