What is Entertaiment?


The word entertainment is derived from the Medieval Latin intertenere, from the prefix inter- meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, a derivative of the Indo-European root ten, which means to hold. The term has a remarkably broad definition: it includes anything that amuses or entertains, but also things that cause distress or pain. Entertaiment has demonstrated a remarkable capacity for cross-over between different media and has shown that many themes, images, and structures have the potential to transform into something completely new.

It has often been noted that some types of entertainment (such as murders, backstabbing and sex) touch on points that our brains were evolutionarily shaped to deeply react to.