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Stuck at home, we’ve gorged on Netflix and everything else on screens. Is there any turning back?

I talked to my colleague Ed Lee, a sharp observer of media and entertainment, about how our pandemic-driven habits might reshape television, sports and movies.

He thinks his current love for an oddball “sport” shows we’re not picky about the quality of entertainment. And, he suggests we should get ready to hit the movie theater without leaving home.

Shira: What’s surprising about people’s entertainment habits in this pandemic?

Ed: I was surprised the lack of sports hasn’t significantly reduced TV watching. People are still tuning into live TV, mostly for news — but also for old sports or weird sports. I caught something called “death diving” on ESPNIt’s big in Norway, apparently. I’m hooked.

WHAT IS DEATH DIVING?

It’s a version of belly flopping, but a big part of it is performative — the things you do midair before you flop into the pool. I guess coronavirus is great for fringe sports.

But we’re not going to watch marble racing and goofball diving on TV forever. (I think?)

True. Most of this fringe content will be forgotten, but what it tells me is distribution is still kinda king. We’ll watch almost anything as long as there’s an “on” switch.

The quality of entertainment doesn’t matter? Isn’t that discouraging?

Remember when TV used to be only broadcast, everyone complained there was nothing good on, but we all still watched?

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By: Shira Ovide
Title: Is ‘Death Diving’ the Future of TV?
Sourced From: www.nytimes.com/2020/05/08/technology/coronavirus-tv-movie-habits.html
Published Date: Fri, 08 May 2020 16:37:05 +0000

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