While reading the text “Future Ex Buys Pajamas”, I had imagined the tone of voice in my head to be an excited narration of a trip to Paris. Paris seemed mystical and high-end, and I realized the tone of the narration and the plot of the story unfolded together. I didn’t realize the full extent to which the tone of the words being spoken, played a role in painting a picture in my head as the story progressed. I only had this realization after hearing the audio recording and being completely taken aback by the monotonous voice and melancholy background music. The man’s voice sounds a bit muffled and a bit seductive. At first I thought he was just beginning the narration in this low monotonous voice, but then it just continued and I got a little bored.
Ira Glass mentioned that it’s smart to start with the action a lot of the times. I think this is super important, especially in this day and age, where people’s attention span is getting shorter and shorter. It’s necessary, now more than ever, to be able to catch one’s attention with the first few seconds in order to keep them listening or watching. Another building block he mentioned was to raise questions throughout the story, which I noticed in the text we read from the last line of the first paragraph when Bresland said, “She says no Parisian would be caught dead anywhere near the Eiffel Tower, and by the end of the first day I know that she’s right.” We don’t know what’s going to happen throughout the rest of the day, but this foreshadowing tells us that we will soon have some sort of answer to why this is the case, as we continue reading.