What is Entertaiment?

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Entertaiment can be defined as anything that can be consumed and which offers pleasure. It includes a range of activities from a single individual choosing personal entertainment in a now enormous array of pre-recorded products; to the organization of banquets and parties; to performances for large audiences; even to the dissemination of political satire. Oliver and Barstsch (2010) suggest that entertainment can be defi ned as an activity understood objectively, that involves communication between text and audience, has external stimulus, fl ows from a source of pleasure, requires an audience to exist, and is a passive form of consumption.

Article by: Dr Robert Rankin, Senior Lecturer in Performance Studies, University of Glasgow.