Originally Posted by keep it simple
The author is excluding the greatly diminished value of live performance.
Agree. In the 70s and 80s, a great night meant going to to a gig (or playing one), getting mellow, some flirting, pizza or hamburgers afterwards and then back to someone's place for post mortem and further loss of brain cells.
My 20yo nephew next door has tons of his friends over and I chat with them a lot (apparently I'm a "cool auntie"). The only time they go see live music is at the big festivals (how much attention they're paying to the music is another matter). One of the girls said her dream was to be a DJ ... it made me wish I had one of those old KEEP MUSIC LIVE t-shirts that were around when disco was taking over a lot of the old venues.
These young guys and gals go to bars to play gaming machines, they go to raves, they go to dance clubs, they get drunk at someone's place to watch the football or play online games all night ...
Competition for the entertainment dollar is far more intense than in the past.