Entertaiment in Modern Times


Anything affording pleasure, diversion or amusement: an agreeable occupation of the mind; a crossword puzzle; an evening at the theater. In modern times, entertainments evolve and can be adapted to fit any scale: an individual selecting personal entertainment from a vast array of pre-recorded products; a banquet arranged for two; a performance intended for thousands or even a global audience. Many activities that were once necessary skills, such as hunting or fencing, have evolved into serious sports and even professions for their participants while entertaining a wider public.

The power of entertainment to transform is reflected in the way that stories like Scheherazade, from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, inspire an orchestral work by Rimsky-Korsakov or Ravel; a film by Pasolini; and a cutting edge video game.