In this edition of T E News, we explore the complex topic of Entertainment. What exactly is it and how does it contribute to our societal needs?
The word entertain comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, or “to hold inside.” It’s an apt descriptor for an activity that takes people out of their daily lives and provides them with something they enjoy. It can take many forms, from watching a movie to solving a crossword puzzle to playing a sport.
According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience from external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience and occurs in a passive form. It also has the potential to transcend multiple media and has the ability to generate new entertainment experiences.