Future of Media and Entertainment Post-Covid

COVID-19 has been a dangerous threat ever since its inception, at around April 2019, and since then has majorly affected the usual way of life around the globe. This epidemic has spread very fast and has become extremely infectious, causing worldwide shutdowns. Places such as movie theatres, amusement parks, and restaurants have taken drastic measures to curb this infectious disease. Currently, the situation has settled and things are looking to get better but everything known to people around the earth has changed, and the future will be vastly different from what we know today.
One major alteration to the world of entertainment is the dramatic switch from face-to-face environments to virtual entertainment. Instead of actually going to the movie theaters, the alternative would be buying the movies online and watching it at home. For example, at the beginning of the pandemic, Amazon began showing premier movies on their Amazon video and all the customers were required to do was to purchase it. It was an easy and efficient way for individuals to watch new films while the movie studios continued to make profit without spreading the disease.
Sports also have a new way of giving their events exposure as well. Instead of actually attending sporting events and buying tickets for seats, the new normal would be buying tickets to watch events online; the companies would still make revenue even with no fans at the games. The NBA has already begun to make a similar move to this by banning all fans from coming into stadiums and conference centers to watch, and instead adding fake, digital fans into the stands with voice recordings of actual people cheering and yelling. Changes like this illustrate how COVID has truly impacted culture greatly with another example being amusement parks. They will most likely go bankrupt as the main source of money for them is tourism as well as crowds of paying people, which acts as a hotbox for the spread of the novel Coronavirus. This entails that at least for now, these parks should remain closed. Although this is not the most entertaining way to enjoy what individuals love, it is the best option instead of shutting down forever and living in a world consisting of closed doors and darkness.
Another possible future that has already been implemented for the world as we know it, which has already changed the normal is the use and endorsement of face masks. Face masks have been around for years and have been proven to lower the spread of infection a considerable amount and even in some cases helps prevent it. Consequently, in order to upkeep a successful world of both media and amusement, let it be sports, political events, or even parades, every event and gathering will require a personal face mask. For example, places such as Disneyland now require all visitors to wear a face mask wherever they are in the park. These places include high traffic places, such as waiting in lines for lines, while ordering food, and even constant ventures like walking from destination to destination. Other safety precautions are the six-feet away rule, and not even being allowed to eat food while walking, as it requires masks to be taken off. These changes mark a shift towards advocacy in favor of more safety precautions- specifically, face masks.
Internet use and social networking have always been a huge part of the population when it comes to how much consumers use these services. In this day and age, apps such as Snapchat and Instagram are used whenever people intend to share media and/or pictures and videos with their friends or to have quick conversations with others. Now with the pandemic sending most if not all citizens into self-quarantine, social media is all that many people have. During quarantine,going out and traveling out of the house is restricted for non-essential purposes. . As a result of this, the only way for people to entertain themselves is either by watching TV, using their cellular phones, or other activities that don’t require direct human interaction. Because of this, apps such as Snapchat have created features to cope with the present situation. Snapchat began to make minigames as a way to get their users more involved. Now snapchatters at home can not only talk to their friends with easy access, but also entertain themselves with an array of minigames.
Changing revenue sources are also prevalent. Nowadays, companies are forced to expend much more money than used in the past. This is all due to the fact that they don’t make the same amount of money as compared to the time before the outbreak of the Coronavirus. An example is the sports industry, one of the largest industries in the United States of America. Thus, when people weren’t allowed to step outside and have social gatherings, this included no more participants in football, baseball, soccer, and other sports. The revenue made by the sports industry decreased dramatically. According to ESPN, the sudden suspension of all professional sports will cost around twelve-billion dollars. This will affect countless jobs in the sports industry and has already done so. While there are numerous potential solutions in regards to the obstacle of no more face to face interaction and virtual entertainment, many consequences of this situation must be considered which have and will affect the future of technology and media for the rest of the foreseeable future.

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