What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a general term that encompasses any activity designed to entertain. It involves elements of amusement, recreation, diversion, and pleasure and may take a number of forms such as watching movies, attending concerts, playing games, or social activities. Entertaiment is a means of escape from the daily grind and provides an enjoyable alternative to everyday reality.

The word entertainment derives from the Latin inter tenere, meaning to hold inside: The prefix inter suggests “inside” and the suffix -tene refers to a stretch. As such, it implies that entertainment must be passive and receptive. Bates and Ferri (2010) define entertainment as an activity understood objectively, that communicates between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure and requires a passive audience.