The vast media industry dedicated to bringing entertainment and new stimulation to the ever hungry masses of sentients.
As new virches and interactives are produced on worlds throughout the galaxy, they are added to subscription databases run by the media megacorporations, and fed into the Known Net. This enables the viewer to select programming more closely tailored to their interests.
Often expert systems and dedicated hyperturings extrapolate future trends from existing ones. In this way, entertainment shows often may appear before the trend itself, with fad and virch reinforcing each other.
Text by M. Alan Kazlev after the original in Ad Astra
Initially published on 24 October 2001.