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There’s just no doubt about it; we live in a digital age, and a huge proportion of our lives now take place via the medium of the World Wide Web. We want to listen to music, we turn to Spotify. We want to watch TV shows or films, we log into Netflix. And if we want funny videos and debates, YouTube answers the call.
Digital entertainment has even spread to encompass domains that once seemed completely impervious to the high-tech onslaught. For example, Kindle e-readers are a perennial bestseller, and more and more people are now reporting that they do all of their reading via e-book or audiobook.
Digital technology is a great thing in many ways, and opens many doors that were previously closed to many people. But, at the same time, there are some genuine reasons to consider going for analogue rather than digital forms of entertainment, at least from time to time.
Here are some of those reasons.
Live and hands-on forms of entertainment have more of a personal “spark” than digital media
When you attend a wedding, you’ll quickly notice a difference in the atmosphere if the bride and groom have opted to use a jukebox service, versus if they’ve hired a wedding singer or band.
The reason why Alive Network works with the best wedding band Cheshire has to offer, and is successful at what it does, is because people easily and intuitively recognise that “hands-on” forms of entertainment simply have more of a personal “spark” than digital media.
A wedding band can take requests, they put on a distinct physical performance, and they’ll have their own unique style and approach. An MP3 is always the same.
“Analogue” forms of entertainment are durable in a way that digital forms may not be
Alright, so this point may seem a bit misleading at first – because, of course, digital media doesn’t “age” in the same way that analogue media does. A physical book yellows with time, and may be destroyed in a fire, but an e-book is just always there.
Well, it’s always there, until it isn’t.
The thing about analogue forms of entertainment is that once you have them, you have them. A shelf full of books means you own those books, you can do what you want with those books, and you can read them wherever you like, under virtually whatever conditions you like.
An e-book can disappear from your library if the retailer decides. Your e-reader can become redundant the time. And without electricity, both e-book and e-reader are useless.
Analogue forms of entertainment are often more interactive than digital forms
Analogue forms of entertainment often require you to invest more of your self into the experience, than digital forms.
Take video games, for example. A good videogame can certainly be a work of art in its own right, but you are always trapped within the framework that the creators of the game laid out.
A more conventional analogue tabletop game, on the other hand, brings in a heavy dose of imagination and personal interpretation. What’s more, you often have to interact with other people face-to-face in order to enjoy this form of entertainment properly.
The same pattern plays out for many different forms of analogue versus digital entertainment.