What is Entertaiment?


The word entertain has become so familiar that we often take it for granted. It has a broad meaning, which can range from the enjoyment of a simple crossword puzzle to an elaborate performance. It can be a diversion or an amusement for one person, or it may involve the hospitable provision of food and drink, music, and dance for a large party. It can also be a form of social critique or satire. According to Bates and Ferri, entertainment is an activity understood objectively, includes communication between text and audience, requires an external stimulus, offers pleasure, and occurs in a passive form.