What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is the action of entertaining; especially the enjoyment or amusement of others. It is a form of leisure activity and may take the form of an event or performance, such as theater, circus, dance or music, as well as activities like sport or games and socializing.

The word comes from the Latin inter tenere, from the prefix inter (“inside”) and the suffix tenere (to hold inside). It was used to describe what held the audience in the theater or circus, and later what kept the people at home watching the broadcast.

Oliver and Barstsch (2010) define entertainment as an activity that is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure and occurs in a passive form. Bates and Ferri (2011) further define entertainment as an activity that is a positive experience in contrast to boredom.

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