What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is an important form of leisure, and a broad concept that covers activities from a personal choice from the enormous array of pre-recorded products; to a banquet adapted for two; to a performance for thousands. The word entertain, and its variants, derives from the Medieval Latin intertenere, based on the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch out.

Entertainment, according to Oliver and Barstsch (2010), is an activity understood objectively; it involves communication between text and audience from external stimulus; it offers pleasure; and it requires an audience for existence. The word also carries connotations of fun and laughter, although many entertainments serve a serious purpose.

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