The entertainment industry has become an important facet of our lives. There is a wide spectrum of media including music, movies, and podcasts, videos, and gossip channels that keep us engaged throughout the day. Over the years, the content-delivery along with content-consumption patterns have changed dramatically to fit the need of the hour. Everyone involved in the entertainment fraternity needs to change with time and that shift doesn’t just affect studios, but musicians, movie stars, directors, writers, and marketing personnel as well.
With the rise of streaming service, major studios are tying up to curb the rise of new, cutting-edge services that are making the case for compelling content. Warner Bros, Paramount Pictures, Disney, and 20th Century Fox are competing fiercely to grab the audience’s attention. Not only do they have a massive offline presence, but they are trying to establish themselves online as well. You’ll find these major studios, and even actors and directors starting their own YouTube channel. Almost all of them use Twitter and some of them even use Reddit under a pseudonym.
Today, we’ll be reviewing one of the most popular communities on Reddit which is called r/Entertainment. You’ll find the funniest, weirdest, fascinating, and alarming stories about anyone and everyone from the entertainment industry.
My recent experience on r/Entertainment
The last time I was browsing r/Entertainment there were two stories that I upvoted. First, ‘Venom’ actor Riz Ahmed revealing that he lost two family members to Covid-19 and second, ‘Oprah Winfrey facing a wave of backlash online after problematic past actions resurface.’ The first story was originally published on deadline.com whereas the other was published on popculture.com.
The audience interaction on both these posts was significantly different. The ‘Riz Ahmed’ story received 9.5k upvotes with 300 comments whereas the ‘Oprah’ bit received just 28 upvotes. Thus, we can understand that popularity and interaction can be deceiving on this platform.
About r/Entertainment – Community & Members
r/Entertainment is described as the ultimate source for news and discussion from the entertainment industry. The community has 1.5 million members out of which 2-5k members are online at any given time. r/Entertainment is one of the oldest subreddits on the platform, having started its journey back on September 17, 2007.
If you love entertainment, gossip, and news surrounding media fraternities you’d find quality content on this subreddit on a daily basis. At the time of writing this review, I learned about the news of Bollywood actor Irrfan Khan passing away on this page. Other than hard news and headlines, you’d even find light humor and engaging content which will keep you hooked to this subreddit.
How to access r/Entertainment?
If you’re already a Reddit member, you can simply type ‘r/Entertainment’, in your search bar and follow the subreddit. However, if you are new to the platform, you’ll need to create an account and confirm your email address. Once you do so, you’ll be able to follow subreddits, comment on posts, and even post anything on any of the subreddits.
Moderators of r/Entertainment
r/Entertainment is the #1 source for entertainment journalists and audiences that love scoops, news, columns, and featured stories about films, celebs, rumor mills, and more. Since the community has over a million members, it’s fair that it has more than 1-2 moderators to run the proceedings. These mods ensure that the content complies with the norms of the group and people are entertained without any hassle.
There are right moderators on r/Entertainment – ‘jedberg’, ‘BritishEnglishPolice’, ‘greatyellowshark’, ‘davidreiss666’, ‘GuacamoleFanatic’, ‘just-a-traveler’, and ‘MuteRenew’.
Why should you follow r/Entertainment?
Hundreds and thousands of posts are updated each day on r/Entertainment. There are news stories, spoilers, featured stories, teasers, trailers, and even featured columns regarding various personalities in the entertainment industry. The most popular post on any day receives anywhere between 2,000-5,000 upvotes within 24 hours. This is quite a decent number given that the community size isn’t as huge as r/videos or r/youtube. Also, you’d see the bandwagon effect wherein, if there’s hard news, you’ll find 10-12 stories surrounding the same topic shared by Redditors from around the world.
r/Entertainment is quite an active community and thus you’d always find people to talk to on this subreddit. People are updating posts, communicating via comments, and even sharing a quality post on their social media profiles. One thing in particular that I noticed about this page is that the post seems to get upvotes and attention 2-3 days after the initial upload. So, if you create a post today, it might only attract 400-800 upvotes but after a couple of days, it starts to gain traction and easily surpasses the 10,000-mark.
Browsing and Navigation
I’m not into celeb news and gossip stuff, however, I still find myself spending 5-10 minutes on r/Entertainment every day. Browsing across various categories is smooth and finding content is not much of a hassle. Nonetheless, I still feel that the mods can do a much better job by adding filter by flair to facilitate smooth navigation. Right now the only way to find relatable content is by using the basic sorting function. And thus, content segregation isn’t the best on this subreddit.
On this particular page, which is hit and miss, some stories will grab attention whereas others not so much. However, the popularity of the post in relation to gold distribution can be deceiving. For instance, Tom Hanks’ blood being used for Coronavirus vaccine research gathered more than 40,000 upvotes and 1 gold. At the same time, ‘The Midnight Gospel’ is mind-expanding – Once You Get Past The First Few Episodes’ with just 4,200 upvotes managed to win gold as well.
Filter by flair
Many subreddits have a section called ‘Filter by flair’. However, the most disappointing factor in r/Entertainment is that there is no filter by flair. That means that you cannot sort content based upon your preference. You’ll need to rely on basic ‘Top’, ‘Rising’ content sorting features as there’s no genre-based sorting available.
Important rules you must know before joining r/Entertainment?
Before you go and join r/Entertainment, make sure to follow the rules. The inability to follow the rules repeatedly can get you banned from the page. So, make sure you follow the rules below:
1. Off-topic posts will be removed
2. Don’t spam
3. No abusive comments
4. No trolls
5. No racism or hate speech
As the looks of it, not enough effort has been made to make this subreddit stand out. It features a standard icon with a blue cover at the top. Towards the right, there’s a ‘Join’ button and under that you have the ‘Create Post’ section. In the hero section, you’ll find several sorting options along with posts. You can choose content based on options such as ‘Hot’, ‘New’, ‘Top’, and ‘Rising’.
Towards the right, you the details about the community that we captured at the start. And under that information, you have a banner ad. In all, you’ll find 2-3 banner ads in the side-bar and in-feed which won’t affect your browsing experience.
5 Most Upvoted Content on this subreddit
1. It’s time to retire celebrity wellness ‘docs’ like Dr. Oz – Coronavirus shows why – 63,200 upvotes
2. Amber Heard’s P.I. couldn’t dig up dirt on Johnny Depp – 45,900 upvotes
3. Dr. Anthony Fauci Praises Brad Pitt’s ‘Classy’ ‘SNL’ Impersonation of Him – 43,600 upvotes
4. Seth MacFarlane Calls out Oprah Over Coronavirus ‘Pseudoscience’ Pushers Dr.Phil and Dr.Oz – 43,100 upvotes
5. Amber Heard Could Face 3 Years of Imprisonment If Found Guilty of Faking Evidence – 38,600 upvotes
5 Most Upvoted Content 2020
1. Tom Hanks Teams with Michelle Obama to Push Democrats’ Vote-By-Mail Plan – 36,700 upvotes
2. Fans Want ‘Justice for Johnny Depp’ after Amber Heard ‘Hitting’ Audio – 27,300 upvotes
3. Martin Scorsese says Marvel movies are ‘not cinema’ – 24,800 upvotes
4. Eminem Celebrates 12 Years of Sobriety – 22,700 upvotes
5. Michael Che Pays Rent for 160 Apartments in Honor of Grandmother Who Died of Covid-19 – 22,000 upvotes
r/Entertainment is an amazing subreddit if you want to stay up-to-date with the breaking news, soft stories, featured pieces, and other forms of entertainment content. If you love gossip and rumor mills, you’ll certainly like spending time on this subreddit. Though it lacks proper content segregation, it’s still a fascinating page for entertainment lovers.