What Is Entertaiment?


The clown at your kid’s birthday party, the Broadway show, the stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip — they all provide entertaiment. From the Old French entretenir meaning to hold together or support, entertainment has come to mean amusement and distraction. We talk about theatrical entertainment as shows, visual entertainment as things to look at, and audio entertainment as mostly music, but the connections among these are less clear. The classic story of Scheherazade, for example, has been retold in music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, in film by Pasolini, and in innovative video games. See more examples in this article.

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