There is little doubt that the events of the last couple of years has made staying connected more difficult than ever. The number of face-to-face interactions has dropped drastically, whether that happens to be a business meeting, getting advice from a salesperson when making a purchase, or simply chatting in the street or over the fence with a friend or neighbor.
You could argue that it is connections like these that make the world go around, and that without it, society might be becoming more disjointed, and you would probably be right. However, technology has been able to pick up some of the slack, and keep people connected in circumstances that would normally keep them apart. This is not just about business meetings on Zoom but using the internet to re-create the type of events we previously might have taken for granted.
For many, the church is the center of the community and without it you might feel like you have lost that vital connection with your friends and neighbors. For some, it is their strongest (and sometimes their only connection) to the outside world, and for those who are thrust in a new situation like relocating to a new town or moving away from college, being unable to attend a service can mean they have no connection to the life they once knew.
For this reason, many churches have looked at what is on offer at https://melonapp.com/solutions/church-live-streaming/ to provide church live streaming so that these people can still connect with their home communities, or so that the church can spread their specific message to a much wider audience than could attend a service in person.
Of course, churches are not the only places to benefit from the use of live stream technology. While you could also stream a music concert using this technology, much of the atmosphere might be lost without the lighting and effects playing their part. This is not so much the case with a live stand-up comedy event, where it is very much just a person talking to a crowd, and with the exception of hecklers (and the inevitable put-downs) live streaming can do so much to re-create the feel of a live comedy performance.
This has multiple benefits for the artist involved. Selling out a venue can be costly and a bit hit-and-miss, whereas an online event can be much cheaper to stage, and location is no longer a factor. The only downside to this is that people are so used to seeing online things for free, that they might be reluctant to pay to see the artist, even at the reduced rate an online event could be priced at.
Even in the modern world, people have strong bonds to their communities and moving those connections online has been an important part of helping them get through the current crisis. Part of this is the ability to attend many of the events that they used to, albeit virtually, so that they can maintain those connections using technology like livestreaming and not feel excluded from everything.