What Is Entertaiment?



Whether it’s a clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, or stadium rock concert; or just your friends fighting over the last potato chip, entertainment is all around us. From the Old French entretenir (to hold together or support), it came to mean amusement or distraction, and today we think of theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as stuff we like to look at, and audio entertainment as mostly music. But what is entertainment to one person may be just another form of work to another. Defining entertainment is an objective activity that involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure to the viewer, and requires audience passivity.

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