The Evolution of Entertainment
Claire Miles - September 4, 2022

It Couldn't Be Done

By Edgar Guest

Somebody said that it couldn't be done But he with a chuckle replied That "maybe it couldn't," but he would be one Who wouldn't say so till he'd tried. So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin On his face. If he worried he hid it. He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it!

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you'll never do that; At least no one ever has done it;" But he took off his coat and he took off his hat And the first thing we knew he'd begun it. With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin, Without any doubting or quiddit, He started to sing as he tackled the thing That couldn't be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done, There are thousands to prophesy failure, There are thousands to point out to you one by one, The dangers that wait to assail you. But just buckle in with a bit of a grin, Just take off your coat and go to it; Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing That "cannot be done," and you'll do it.

The entertainment industry comprises films, tv shows, radio, news, etc. Over the years there has been a considerable change in this industry as the taste of people has changed. There is a substantial difference between what the viewers wanted to see on TV in the 80s and 90s from what they want to see on TV today. Technology has also played an integral role in bringing about change, as everything has become way more accessible now than it used to be a few decades ago.

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Technology has enabled people to watch tv shows, and news and listen to music with just one click. Streaming services like Spotify have made access to music way easier than they once used to be. Similarly, Netflix which started its operations in 1997 as a streaming service provided access to several tv shows and movies to its users. Initially, most people had access to shows only through TV, but with time this changed. In today’s world, most people are reluctant to watch TV and instead have shifted to streaming services.

There has also been a shift in the kind of genres that were preferred in the 80s and 90s, and the genres that are preferred today. A lot of this change has to do with the change in the norms, culture, and beliefs of people with time. Today‚Äôs generation doesn’t believe in the same things as the people in the 90s used to, and many cultural norms that exist today were not accepted back then. The way of living has changed, and this has directly impacted the expectations from the entertainment industry, as people want to see stuff they can relate to. The new genres that are adopted are reflective of the changes that have taken place in society over the years.