Whether it’s the latest album reviews or news about the big budget films that are about to hit the cinemas, the landscape of entertainment news throughout the industry changed irrevocably in the advent of the 21st century. Though the initial foundations for the massive shift were originally put in place from the mid to latter 1990s, the full effects of the shift have only started to hit fully throughout the 2000s. Now, in the teens of a whole new millennium the move is almost complete, bringing news and reviews on demand and online.
Throughout the 1900s, entertainment news was largely the domain of print publications. Magazines and newspapers have been featuring the latest and greatest from the industry since before the First World War. However, it was the 50s and 60s that saw them come into their own, probably spurred on by the materialisation of in-home entertainment with the growth of television availability and the rock and roll explosion.
Magazines like NME and Melody Maker had phenomenal readership figures in their early years and newspapers like the Sun in the United Kingdom achieved much of their success from covering the more glamorous side of life. However, as the home computer took hold in the latter stages of the 19th century, a new form of entertainment news provider started to materialise. The internet became a phenomenon overnight in the mid to late 90s and as more and more people logged on, more and more people found their news from online sources.
Throughout the course of the dot.com boom and bust, websites sprang up at a ferocious pace to deliver the latest entertainment news to the masses. Quickly following these early innovators once the online phenomenon gained a little more stability, the original providers also set up sites to deliver their news and to promote their “for sale” offline productions. However, it didn’t take long for the masses themselves to realise that they could easily become the bastions of all things entertainment. Throughout the 2000s they simply set up their own blog or e-zine and started to log the news, web style. With millions live, everyone is talking about their favourite movies, albums and computer games from their very own site, interlinking to the more influential, bigger news sites, as well as the online, user generated encyclopaedic catacombs of Wikipedia.
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