Definition of Entertaiment


Entertaiment can be defined as any activity that stimulates the brain to realease seratonin, dopamine and other chemicals which give a positive feeling. Usually, this is achieved through focusing on things that the human mind was evolved to react deeply to. This includes themes such as social backstabbing, murders and other issues which the human mind needed to understand in order to function within a society.

This definition of Entertainment was written by Bates and Ferri (2010). It can be defi ned as an activity understood objectively, entails communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires an audience to exist and occurs in a passive form.

Entertainment is derived from the Middle English entretenir, which came from Old French inter-tenere “to hold amongst” (from Latin inter- “among” + tenere, from the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch) and the suffix -ment, common with verb stems forming nouns (such as amazement, betterment, merriment). Also see entertain.