What Is Entertainment?



Entertainment encompasses many types of activity – from the individual selecting music or film to watch in private, to banquets tailored for two; from activities that have traditionally been part of hunting or war to spectator sports; from professional performances for thousands to global competitions for millions. It can also be embodied in children’s play, which resembles adult activities and helps prepare them for future responsibilities. The familiar story of Scheherazade, for example, has inspired a number of orchestral works by composers such as Rimsky-Korsakov and Ravel, films by directors like Pasolini and modern video games. The links between different forms of entertainment are often shown by how a theme or image has the capacity to be remixed across multiple media.

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