Entertainment - Term Overview

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The entertainment has been present in the lives of human beings since time immemorial. Even animals look for a way to entertain themselves in their habitat and create rituals for the same purpose. When you talk about entertainment, you talk about much more than just hanging out for recreational purposes, as there is an art and a trade behind it. Over time, this activity has adapted to the trends and interests of societies.

What is entertainment?

It's the set of activities that human beings carry out to distract themselves from the tasks they carry out in their daily routine. Generally when it's talked about, it's related to activities that involve television, concerts, theater, dance, sports, cinema, among others that, in effect, are part of the main known entertainment activities.

In ancient times, the way governments enforced laws had overtones of cruelty and injustice. One way to keep the town calm was precisely keeping it entertained and supplying it with food of questionable quality. This was called "bread and circuses", which to this day is a derogatory term for the practice that still takes place today.

The term entertain not only involves distraction for pleasure through some leisure activity, but also means diverting a person's attention to achieve some goal; that is, wasting time. It can also be related to the concept of procrastination, which is the postponement of activities that must be carried out in a certain time by other pleasant ones of less importance, which keep those who do them entertained, avoiding the main ones.

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