Entertaiment is a type of fun activity that is designed to hold the attention and interest of an audience. It is often centered around themes such as social backstabbing and murders, because these are things that the human brain has evolved to deeply react to. Entertainment is usually a mixture of art and technology that has been developed over thousands of years specifically for the purpose of holding an audience’s attention.
The word ‘entertainment’ is derived from the Medieval Latin intertenere, based on the Indo-European root ten, meaning to stretch.
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