What is Entertaiment?

Entertaiment is a broad category of activity that includes movies, music and games. It also embodies ideas, themes and structures that have the capacity to cross over different media. This has given rise to a remarkable degree of creative remix, allowing familiar forms of entertainment to recur and endure.

The word entertainment comes from the Medieval Latin intertenere, meaning “to hold inside.” It is related to the Indo-European root ten, which means to stretch or extend.

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Entertaiment is an activity that stimulates the brain to realease seratonin and dopamine. It is often based on the kinds of things that the human brain was evolved to react deeply to, such as backstabbing and murders.