What Is Entertaiment?


The word entertainment is more than a means of recreation or enjoyment; it encompasses a vast range of emotions and intellectual experiences. Whether one is looking to enjoy the upliftment of a comedy show, or a serious drama, a sports match, or a documentary, the goal is to engage with the world in ways that are relaxing and enjoyable, while simultaneously evoking an emotional response. For some, the best form of entertainment is that which provides a sense of catharsis or emotional release, while others prefer more cerebral engagements like puzzles, video games, and thought-provoking documentaries.

This article originally appeared on The Conversation and has been republished here with permission.