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What is Entertaiment?

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Entertaiment is anything that provides amusement or a distraction from everyday life. A clown at a kid’s birthday party, a Broadway show, or a stadium rock concert are all examples of entertainment. The word comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, formed from the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere which means to hold inside.

Oliver and Barstsch (2010) define entertainment as an activity understood objectively, that communicates between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience to exist and occurs in a passive form. Bates and Ferri (2011) suggest that entertainment can also stimulate the brain to release seratonin and dopamine.

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