Covid-19: An interruption to the entertainment industry?

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By Lerato Botha

This article is exclusive to the Online Edition 2 of VARSITY News.

 

With all the recent developments surrounding Covid-19 and how it has caused many industries to crash and burn, it comes as no surprise that the entertainment industry seems to have suffered the same fate.

 

As much as it may not be as great of a concern as the immense economic recession the world is currently facing, it still presents an issue to our modern society which often finds going to see a film with a loved one, or going to a festival to see your favourite artist, to being somewhat of a creative outlet.

 

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the need for self-isolation has led to the postponement of well-loved festivals such as the annual Coachella festival held overseas and the Jazz Festival hosted locally, to name a few.

 

In addition to that, film production all over the world has come to a standstill. Blockbuster movies such as Black Widow and the return of highly anticipated shows such as Euphoria and Supernatural, have all halted production in the interest of public health, which could lead to considerable financial implications.

 

However, streaming services, have become the saving grace of the industry. Already popular, streaming sites have only grown in popularity during self-isolation, providing us not only with the option of seeing the newest content, but also enabling us to watch older content, according to our taste.

 

Additionally, it seems that this trying time has also resulted in the growth of individual creativity. With nothing else to do, people have been granted the free time to perfect skills that they may never have had the chance to before.

 

With the help of social media, people have begun to display a wide range of creative skills, whether it be cooking, drawing, dancing, videography, makeup or even finger boarding. By showcasing these skills, we have provided an alternative source of entertainment driven by our own creativity.

 

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