What is Entertaiment?


The clown at your child’s birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip-all of these are forms of entertaiment. This word comes from the French entretenir, meaning “to support, to keep together.” In modern usage, it’s amusement-the entertainment at your kid’s birthday party or the stuff that keeps you from getting bored. It can be a form of art, but it is most often understood as a performance. Bates and Ferri (2010) define entertainment as an activity that is understood objectively, communicates between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience, and occurs in a passive form.