THEN and NOW for ENTERTAINMENT – MORE

THEN
You salivated over magazines and fanzines, which there were not enough of.
NOW
You rely on websites, of which there are far too many, almost none of them of high quality.

THEN
Record reviews mattered.
NOW
Record reviews are irrelevant.

THEN
You were thrilled to be inside the building.
NOW
You can’t stop bitching about security, the seats, and the lines at the poor, overpriced concessions.

THEN
You came home from the gig and told everybody about it the next day at school.
NOW
You’re at the gig and you tell everybody about it from your phone.

THEN
You didn’t think your opinion was universal and deserved to spread.
NOW
You’re pissed if you don’t have millions of followers.

THEN
It was clear who had talent.
NOW
Everybody thinks they have talent.

THEN
Stars were in bed with their fans.
NOW
Stars are angry with their fans, pissed that they’re stealing their music and won’t buy their crappy albums.

THEN
Music was expensive and everybody had little of it.
NOW
Music is cheap and everybody has more than they want.

THEN
People wanted your free music.
NOW
People don’t want your free music, hell, they’ve got the music of superstars free on their computer!

THEN
Facebook was cool.
NOW
Facebook isn’t cool. If bands can fade, why can’t websites?

THEN
You spent hours downloading music from P2P services.
NOW
You just watch what you want on YouTube. Just like the deficit, piracy in music is a red herring. It’s just too much effort. The reason you can’t sell your music in prodigious amounts is it’s just not good enough, not enough people care. When we had limited options and unlimited time we were interested in your substandard work, now with unlimited options and little time we are only interested in the very best.

THEN
Videos were expensive and mattered.
NOW
Videos are cheap and matter.

THEN
You had to wait hours for your favorite video to come up on MTV.
NOW
You dial up your favorites on YouTube and listen to them whenever you want, as many times as you want…but you must still endure the commercials.

THEN
You didn’t have time for TV because you were listening to music.
NOW
You don’t have time for music because you’re watching TV.

THEN
Movie stars wouldn’t appear in TV series.
NOW
Movie stars are eager to appear in TV series.

THEN
Documentaries were rare, you went to the theatre to see them.
NOW
Everybody’s got a documentary and you can watch them all online but you don’t want to, because you haven’t got enough time.

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