The Power of Entertaiment


The clown at your kid’s birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert, your friends fighting over the last potato chip–all are forms of entertainment. Derived from the Old French entretenir, meaning to support or keep together, entertainment has evolved into a broad range of performances and distractions. It can be individualized for an individual; shared amongst a small group; scaled to any size from banquet to stadium; or broadcast to global audiences. The power of entertainment is shown by the way that a story like Scheherazade can inspire Rimsky-Korsakov to write an orchestral piece, director Pasolini to make a film, and an innovative video game to be played by millions of people.