What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is the consumption of any text, work or art that provides pleasure and a distraction from the ordinary. Oliver and Barstsch (2010) define it as an activity that can be understood objectively, encompasses communication between a text and its audience, is created from external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience to exist and occurs in a passive form. It also involves a sense of achievement, as well as providing insight and intellectual growth. The word entertainment derives from the Latin inter tenere, with the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere referring to holding something in place. It is related to the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch or elongate.

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