Great New Forms of Entertainment
Entertainment is an ever-changing concept as people seek more interesting ways to enjoy themselves. In the 21st century, entertainment has been significantly influenced by the unprecedented levels of technological growth we have seen in the past two decades or so. As we move towards 2018, here are some new forms of entertainment you should expect to see emerging.
1. Curated Content
In the past, you had to rely on a friend’s recommendations or your own spirit of adventure to find out the movies or TV shows that might be of interest to you. This is no longer the case. A majority of Americans are now using online based content providers such as Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube to view their favorite content. This has led to a proliferation of curated content.
Such providers can use your viewership history, and the trends seen in similar demographics, to suggest the next program or movie you should watch. This curated list of recommendations has been seen to improve viewership as you get to find out about shows or movies that you might not have been familiar with.
2. Virtual Reality (VR)
Virtual reality is one of those concepts that were ubiquitous in most 20th century movies set in ‘futuristic’ settings. Virtual reality allows the user to be fully immersed in the entertainment world, almost interacting with the content on a first-hand basis. While the field is still new, it has been tested on gaming applications as well as movie watching. As mobile devices increase in terms of processing power, and with faster internet, VR is slated to be the next ‘big thing’ within the next 10 years.
3. Escape Rooms
Escape rooms are not a new concept, but there has been a growing trend within the past few years that is finally giving them the mainstream acceptance that they deserve. All new forms of entertainment don’t need to be based on hi-tech innovation. Escape rooms allow a family, or a group of friends, collaboratively search for clues within a locked room in order to figure out a way to ‘escape’. With the recent entertainment trends seeming to favor individual fun, it is refreshing to see a 21st-century entertainment trend that promotes group work which creates a bonding experience.
4. Multi-channel engagement
In the past, if you were a fan of a popular TV show, then your interaction with your favorite entertainment fix was limited to what you could watch on your television. This is no longer the case. Now you can engage with your favorite forms of entertainment on multiple channels.
Distribution wise, you can choose to enjoy your show over the ‘traditional’ TV, or online, or on your mobile device. Content creators are engaging directly with their fans online through their websites and social media. And you can find an online fan discussion forum to directly interact with other fans on a global scale. With technology constantly improving, and entertainment providers seeking new ways to engage their fans, expect to see more innovative forms of entertainment in the near future.
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