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Infotainment is a blend of information and entertainment, which originated in the 1980s. This term is used to describe a type of media that aims to educate and entertain simultaneously. Infotainment is often characterized by its appealing nature, flashy graphics, and tendency towards sensationalism. It can be found in various forms, such as TV programs, radio shows, and social media[1] content. However, it has been criticized for its lack of substantial informational value and its focus on trivial, celebrity-oriented content. Despite these criticisms, infotainment has considerable influence on news and society, as it can transform serious issues into entertainment for ratings, thus reaching a wider audience. Notable infotainers, such as Oprah Winfrey and Jon Stewart, have blurred the line between journalism and entertainment. Infotainment is continually evolving, especially with the rise of social media platforms that allow users to generate their own news and commentary.

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1. social media. Social media is a broad term encompassing a variety of digital tools and platforms that facilitate the sharing of information and the creation of virtual communities. Emerging from early systems like PLATO and ARPANET, it has evolved into modern platforms like Facebook and Twitter. These platforms offer unique features that differentiate them from traditional media, including the ability for users to generate content and engage in dialogic communication. They cater to over 100 million users globally and offer different forms of services, such as messaging apps and collaborative content creation platforms. The use of social media has far-reaching impacts on individuals, society, and businesses, influencing everything from marketing practices to political processes. However, it's also associated with ethical concerns, such as the spread of misinformation and potential addiction.
Infotainment (Wikipedia)

Infotainment (a portmanteau of information and entertainment), also called soft news as a way to distinguish it from serious journalism or hard news, is a type of media, usually television or online, that provides a combination of information and entertainment. The term may be used disparagingly to devalue infotainment or soft news subjects in favor of more serious hard news subjects. Infotainment-based websites and social media apps gained traction due to their focused publishing of infotainment content, e.g. BuzzFeed.[citation needed]

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