Entertaiment – What Is Entertainment?


Entertaiment is the fall 2011 article in the T E News magazine, an issue dedicated entirely to the theme of “What Is Entertainment?” Writing on this topic turned out to be a bigger task than anyone expected. The word entertain is derived from the Latin intertenere, meaning to hold inside. The root of the word is also related to the Indo-European suffix ten, which means to stretch or expand. In the case of entertainment, this expansion enables a massive industry to emerge. Often, what is considered entertainment for one group or individual may be viewed as work for another. This is a reflection of the elusive nature of entertainment.

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