What Is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment, from the Latin entretenement, means amusement or recreation, diversion or pleasure. It involves taking individuals away from their daily lives or mundane realities and providing them with enjoyable experiences. This can be accomplished through a wide variety of media and activities.

According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment is understood objectively, encompasses communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience, and occurs in a passive form.

As such, it is not surprising that a number of familiar forms can be categorized as entertainment. These include movies, sports, games, music, and social gatherings.