What Is Entertaiment?



The word entertainment has become strongly associated with fun and amusement, but many forms of entertainment have a serious purpose, as in a ceremony, religious festival or satire. Entertainment can be adapted for any scale, from an individual choosing music from a vast library, to a banquet adapted for two, to performances for thousands or even global audiences. Entertainments also evolve and can be re-told in different media: for example, the story of Scheherazade, an early member of the professional storytelling tradition in the Persian empire, has inspired composers (Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski), film makers (Pasolini and Bergamo) and innovative video games.