As we dive into the world of modern entertainment, it is impossible to ignore the profound impact that social media has had on the industry. From the way we consume content to the way it is created and marketed, social media has revolutionized entertainment in ways we could never have imagined.

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and Social Media

The Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, held on the USC campus on April 22-23, is a prime example of how social media has transformed the way events are promoted and experienced. The festival offers panel discussions, poetry readings, music, and children’s entertainment, with USC Dornsife faculty and alumni speaking on several panels. Social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram allow attendees to share their experiences in real-time, while event organizers can engage with their audience and promote upcoming attractions.

Amitav Ghosh’s New Book and the Power of Social Media

HarperCollins India is launching Amitav Ghosh’s new book, Smoke and Ashes: A Writer’s Journey Through Opium’s Hidden Histories on July 15. The book is a result of Ghosh’s extensive research for the Ibis Trilogy and explores the impact of the global opium trade on 19th-century sailors and soldiers. Social media has played a significant role in promoting the book and engaging readers, allowing them to connect with the author and delve deeper into the subject matter.

Pawn Stars and the Influence of Social Media on Television

The History Channel show Pawn Stars is filming scenes for its second season spinoff Pawn Stars Do America in Plano and central Dallas in May. Producers are looking for people with interesting items that the shop’s stars might like to purchase. Social media has played a crucial role in the show’s success, allowing fans to engage with the cast, share their favorite moments, and even submit their own items for consideration on the show.

Scott Tucker, Muppet Toys, and Social Media’s Role in Collecting

Musician, collector, and writer Scott Tucker appeared in an episode of the main Pawn Stars’ 22nd season to sell some rare Muppet toys at the shop in Las Vegas. Tucker worked with Cory for his segment in which he tried to make a deal for a rare Muppet toy guitar and banjo still in the wrapper. Social media has had a significant impact on the world of collecting, allowing enthusiasts to connect, share their finds, and even make deals with others across the globe.