Six Elements of Entertaiment


Articles About Entertaiment

The word entertainment relates to activities, objects, or events that afford pleasure, diversion, or amusement: the ball, a play, a concert, the daily crossword puzzle. The word derives from the Medieval Latin inter tenere, meaning “to hold inside,” and its Indo-European root is ten, meaning to stretch.

Oliver and Barstsch (2010) define entertainment as an activity understood objectively, encompasses communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure to the consumer, requires an audience to exist, and is passive in form. These six elements allow us to understand how entertainment functions and contributes to our societal needs.