From escapism to education, from catharsis to cerebral engagement, entertainment is the mirror reflecting the complexities of human emotion and intellect. From a single song to an entire album, from a thrilling novel to the complex puzzles of video games, entertainment is one of our most fundamental needs. Creative forms of entertainment often push the boundaries of what has been done before, challenging the viewer or audience to engage with the work on a deeper level by evoking complex emotions and offering alternative viewpoints.
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The word entertain is derived from the Latin intertenere, which means to hold inside.