What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is something that amuses you, or distracts you. It may be a clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, a stadium rock concert or your friends fighting over the last potato chip. It can be a text, visual, audio or experiential. According to Bates and Ferri (2010) Entertainment is understood objectively, involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure and requires the audience to be passive.

Entertainment often hits on the points that our brains were evolved to react deeply to, such as social backstabbing and murders. It also stimulates the brain to release seratonin and dopamine, causing a good feeling.