What does The Entertainment's Here mean?

AJR: The Entertainment's Here Meaning

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The Entertainment's Here Lyrics

But oh my, oh my God
The entertainment's here
Everything is suddenly amazing here
Sit back, man
Relax, man
Sit back, man

I used to be distracted by my favorite song
I loved it very much, I made the song my alarm
And now I kind of hate...

  1. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2023 !⃝

    It clearly is about how we approach entertainment in our modern era, especially since the rise of social media and/or cellphones. (It's difficult to draw a line where it stops exactly, but I think it aims at any kind of entertainement involving screens we use daily that is highly addictive.)

    He mentions how we use less and less of our brains in order to have the release of dopamine our brains crave for.
    Although that's not directly mentionned in the song, I think it could be seen as a reference to the era before. Our parents, grandparents, if we put tv aside, mostly entertained themselves with stuff that required their attention, stuff that helped them grow, and was enriching for them, wether it was stimulating creativity or learning them how to socialize, learning them how to use their hands, stuff like that... and those activities weren't addictive. (I think)("I used to be distracted rolling round in the dirt" without mentionning any precise era, goes that way. Maybe its linked directly to Ajr's experience, who after all, given how old they are, grew up right before the rise of cellphones, and thus, remember "the time before") Also, they had a much wider array of different activities to entertain themselves, despite having probably less possibilities than us now.They just entertained themselves with simpler stuff ("I only had a stick to play when I was a kid! We had nothing and we were happy you spoiled lil brats !!", we all know it was exagerated but there's some truth in there)

    Nowadays, we tend to drift more and more towards a "whenever I'm bored, just grab my phone and do something mindlessly until something happens or I feel too bad for having spent so much time on my phone" type of life. Much more so than just dealing with the content that we see, or what it does itself, the song focuses on the bad sides of HOW we use socialmedia/phones (again not sure where to drow the line, lets just say digital entertainement maybe video games also) and the consequences:
    "sit back man dont make plans" We tend to not plan anything anything anymore or schedule stuff we just do what we have to and te rest of the time we get sucked by our phones. (in extreme cases but we follow more and more this pattern)

    "you dont even gotta use your brain from here" its widely known nowadays that social media and other phone stuff (there are nuances that I wont mention) destroy our attention span. You can perceive it, after having spent too much time on your phone, you can barely control your thoughts. Some people are completely apathetic cause of that, and we loose our brains little by little, just by deciding "okay give me some easy dopamine and I wont even do any the most basic efforts which is thinking". They go a lot over not only our use of modern entertainement but also the causes and these consequences like

    "I'm running out of things that I can't do with my days till I'm bored again and stuck in my brain". that's a direct illustration of what I just wrote: we have become overcome by our thoughts, we are unable to control them, plus the idea that by having endless entertainement always in our pocket we have become unable to bear the slightest feeling of boredom.

    I'm not sure about the part with "my purpose on earth" and "too much thinking" kinda reminds me of the apathy side but with a deeper philosophical meaning...

    yeah i think overall it shows how we're becoming weak and apathetic as individuals, how cell phones are accelerating that process, and also how we're scr**ed as a society. But that's an interpretative stretch from me.
    Also i wanted to stress something again: it is not about the entertainment itself, but how we approach it, meaning that there are countless benefits the internet and social media have brought us, like : the ability to learn many skills more easily, to make monye online perhaps, to stay more in touch with one another, to have a huge amount of knwoledge available for free, to organize events more easily,to talk to strangers we wouldn't have talked with otherwise and make new friends... and other benefits. The harm is HOW we use it, how we are incapable of controling ourselves, how we are getting emptier cause of duller lives, spent staring at screens,something without even knowing why, and how we let our precious time fly by that way...

  2. anonymous
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    Apr 15th 2023 !⃝

    It clearly is about how we approach entertainment in our modern era, especially since the rise of social media and/or cellphones. (It's difficult to draw a line where it stops exactly, but I think it aims at any kind of entertainement involving we use daily that is highly addictive.)

    He mentions how we use less and less of our brains in order to have a release of dopamine our brains crave for.
    Although that's not directly mentionned in the song, I think it could be seen as a reference to the era before. Our parents, grandparents, if we put tv aside, mostly entertained themselves with stuff that required their attention, stuff that helped them grow, and was enriching for them, wether it was stimulating creativity, socializing... and they weren't addictive. I think("I used to be distracted rolling round in the dirt" without mentionning any precise era, goes that way. Maybe its linked directly to Ajr's experience, who after all, given how old they are, grew up right before the rise of cellphones, and thus, remember "the time before") Also, they had a much wider array of different activities to entertain themselves, despite having probably less possibilities than us now.

    Nowadays, we tend to drift more and more towards a "whenever I'm bored, just grab my phone and do something mindlessly until something happens or I feel too bad for having spent so much time on my phone". Much more so than just dealing with the content that we see, or what we do itself, it focuses on the bad sides of HOW what we do it and the consequences:
    "sit back man dont make plans" We tend to not plan anything anything anymore or schedule stuff we just do what we have to and te rest of the time we get sucked by our phones. (in extreme cases but we follow more and more this pattern)

    "you dont even gotta use your brain from here" its widely known nowadays that social media and other phone stuff (there are nuances that I wont mention) destroy our attention span. You can perceive it, after having spent too much time on your phone, you can barely control your thoughts. Some people are completely apathetic cause of that, and we loose our brains little by little, just by deciding "okay give me some easy dopamine and I wont even do any the most basic efforts which is thinking". They go a lot over not only our use of modern entertainement but also the causes and these consequences like

    "I'm running out of things that I can't do with my days till I'm bored again and stuck in my brain". that's a direct illustration of what I just wrote plus the idea that by having endless entertainement always in our pocket we have become unable to bear the slightest feeling of boredom.

    I'm not sure about the part with "my purpose on earth" and "too much thinking" kinda reminds me of the apathy side but with a deeper philosophical meaning...

    yeah i think overall it shows how we're becoming weak and apathetic as individuals, how cell phones are accelerating that process, and also how we're scr**ed as a society. But that's an interpretative stretch from me.

  3. anonymous
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    Apr 5th 2022 !⃝

    The singer is bored with their life and wants it to be more fun. This is most likely due to depression, stating that his life may come up short and doing the same things every day in a pointless life. At this point in the album, he is still losing his childhood mind for mental problems.


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