What Is Entertaiment?


Entertaiment is a vast, varied and enduring activity. It can range from private entertainment choices made by an individual using a wide range of products; to banquets designed for two; to performances intended for thousands and for global audiences. The concept of entertainment has become strongly associated with amusement, although some forms of entertainment are more serious than others – such as religious festivals and satire.

This article responds to the question, “What is entertainment?” through a discussion of new definitions centred on product, experience, culture and communication. It has helped to strengthen the debate about the nature of entertainment.