Six Elements of Entertaiment


Entertaiment is an agreeable or pleasurable occupation for the mind or a diversion: A circus show, a Broadway musical, a football game, solving a crossword puzzle, your friends fighting over the last potato chip-all these are forms of entertainment. From the Old French entretenir, to hold together or support, it is closely associated with hospitality, as in entertaining guests. Whether performed in the form of a show, visual or audio, it gives pleasure to an audience and requires passivity on their part. Oliver and Barstsch (2010) suggest six elements of entertainment: objectivity, communication between text and audience, external stimulus, pleasure offered, audience participation and passivity.