The Power of Entertaiment


Entertaiment is entertainment at any scale, from the individual who selects and plays private entertainment on a new array of digital media, to a dinner adapted to suit the guests, to the performance intended for thousands or even for a global audience. Entertainments often have a serious purpose as well as fun and laughter, such as a religious festival, a ceremony, or political satire. Even familiar activities, such as fencing or archery, may be adapted to become spectator sports or professional competitions. The power of entertainment is demonstrated by the way a story such as Scheherazade, from the Persian professional storytelling tradition, can inspire a musical work by Rimsky-Korsakov or Ravel, a film by Pasolini, and an innovative video game.