First the NBA postponed its season, with no immediate resumption in sight, then March Madness was canceled. Major League Baseball has suspended play. The NCAA canceled all its championships. The Masters and the Boston Marathon aren’t happening. Broadway has been shuttered. Film and music festivals are shut down, along with other public entertainments across the country, Disneyland included.
These are prudent if belated steps. Nonetheless, a question arises: If every empire needs bread and circuses, where will Americans turn for the latter? Which public spectacles will keep us all distracted?
One obvious response is the Internet. For younger generations especially, there is plenty of spectacle to be found there. The gaming sector, for instance, is now larger in economic terms than movie and music sales