While business is down in the movie and record industries, there are many independent recording artists, producers and filmmakers who rely solely on their creativity to produce entertainment. These individuals have shown that entertainment can be as important as the food, clothing and shelter we all need to survive.
The word entertainment comes from the Latin intertenere, combining the prefix inter meaning “inside” and the suffix tenere, derived from the Indo-European root ten meaning to stretch or extend. The idea here is that entertainment can expand or extend one’s experience and understanding of the world around them.
Entertainment often hits on the very points that humans were evolved to react deeply to in order to function in the social world. Examples include murders, backstabbing and other themes that can make us feel good or bad about the world around us.