What is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a form of art that can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Examples of entertainment include reading books or short stories, playing video games, watching movies or TV shows, and visiting museums or galleries.

The term is derived from the Latin inter-tenere, meaning “to hold within” something (from the prefix inter, which means “among,” and the suffix tenere, from the Indo-European root ten, which meant to stretch), with a sense of supporting or maintaining. It entered English in the late 15c., and was used with verb stems whose -e- was dropped to form nouns of action (as in commencement, betterment, and merriment).

According to Bates and Ferri (2010), entertainment can be defi ned as an activity understood objectively, which entails communication between text and audience, provides external stimulus that offers pleasure, requires an audience, and occurs in a passive form. It also has the ability to cross various media and have a seemingly unlimited amount of remix potential, thus demonstrating its versatility.