What Will We Do On Saturday Night?

Thanks to the bombardment of entertainment at home, we'll crave live experiences that stimulate our senses, blow our mind and evoke awe

We thought movies would kill live theater. We thought television would kill movies. Now we ask whether video/computer/ virtual-reality images streaming into our homes will keep us on the couch Saturday night.

I doubt it. Entertainment works as a private but also a social event. Movies on the VCR don't keep people from going to the multiplex, just as boxing on pay-per-view doesn't stop fans from craving ringside seats. The senses are a huge part of the experience. The smell of popcorn, the crush of bodies, the communal sense of anticipation and the space itself all add to the story of...

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