What Is Entertaiment?



Entertaiment is the general concept of amusement and pleasure, although many entertainments may also have a serious purpose such as ceremonies, festivals, religious celebrations, or satire. As a cultural category, entertainment has become increasingly industrialized, dominating various industries and providing livelihoods for many. Entertainment has also demonstrated a remarkable ability to cross between different media and to transform itself. This has allowed the same themes, images, and structures to persist over time despite changing entertainment products.

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