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What is Entertaiment?

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Entertaiment is an interesting thing because it often hits the parts of the social world that humans were evolved to deeply react to, like backstabbing and murders. It can also stimulate the brain to release seratonin and other chemicals.

From late 15c., from Middle French entretenement (“support, maintenance”), from Latin inter- (“among”) + tenere (from the root ten, meaning “to stretch”), with the sense of “gratify, amuse” replacing that of “keep up” by 1620s. The suffix -ment is common in English to form nouns from verb stems, as in amazement, betterment, and merriment.

Bates and Ferri (2010) define entertainment as an activity understood objectively, that involves communication between text and audience from an external stimulus, offers pleasure and requires a passive form of consumption.

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