One of the most enjoyable elements of modern life comes from the mass availability of entertainment. From a world limited by the physical rules of shipping, the proliferation of the internet has shattered countless early boundaries.
By taking a look at where and how this has been achieved, we want to examine why this broadening of scope isn’t just great for convenience, but can also offer advantages far more significant.
No Waiting, No Missing Out
For many users, the most meaningful benefits born from the internet apply to two areas. The first of these is in how long we have to wait for the hottest new international releases to hit our shores.
Due to the physical realities of maximizing profits, the biggest releases of international media used to first ship to the biggest countries.
This meant the UK and USA foremost, without other countries dragging far behind, to the tune of months or even years in extreme cases. With the internet, shipping for many of these products has become obsolete. You no longer have to buy a physical CD, DVD, or game disk, so such limitations simply no longer apply.
The second issue ties into the first in that in extreme cases, shipping to certain countries might be skipped altogether. This could force customers to import copies, which could be prohibitively expensive, or might even result in non-functioning media due to local differences in hardware like the DVD regions of old.
It’s not just international media that has seen significant advantages from the popularization of the internet, as there are also advantages that can be found within a single country’s borders.
Take the world of online casino sites for example, where region-specific operators and comparison websites allow players in countries from India to the UK ample choice.
In the early days of the internet, when it was still relatively obscure, finding websites operating with financial transactions that were accessible from your home country could be a confusing and time-consuming endeavor.
Today, comparison websites can instantly compare dozens of legally accessible avenues. This means easy ways to analyze elements like games, bonuses, and app availability, all without the possibility of making a mistake and wasting effort.
Why Is This Important?
The most profound benefit of being able to easily navigate the world of media online in the sense of community. In an age where life feels constantly busy and accelerating, it’s easy to lose track of those around us.
When we get too involved with these problems, disconnection and alienation from friends, family, community, and even the international landscape can occur.
Being able to share a global community of entertainment experiences might seem insignificant, but this small thing can allow us a profound sense of oneness. If you’ve ever spent significant time abroad you’ve no doubt experienced this, or seen it when foreigners visit you.
A combination of frames of reference can add up to something greater, to give us a shared abstract of language and ideas to cross even the widest oceans.
Even if just an ice-breaker to open the door, international media offers advantages we often overlook as we dismiss it as mere entertainment. In a world that becomes increasingly global by the day, we’ll take every tool we can get.