What Is Entertaiment?


The word ‘entertaiment’ is now strongly associated with amusement and light-heartedness, although many entertainments have a serious purpose. These may be in the form of a religious festival, ceremony or satire (10) or as the training of children for adult responsibilities or social interaction (6). Even the most mundane activities may be considered forms of entertainment if they are enjoyable and provide an aesthetic effect (9). A story like Scheherazade from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, for example, inspired a number of orchestral works by Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski, a film by Pasolini and an innovative video game. (10) Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Contemporary Usage.