The Power of Entertaiment


The introduction of television altered the availability, cost, variety and quality of entertainment products for the public. However, the forms of the entertainment – story telling, music, theatre, dance and games are recognisably the same.

The power of entertainment is illustrated by the way that a story like Scheherazade can inspire retellings in different media – the composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel and Szymanowski created orchestral works; the film director Pasolini made a movie; and game designers have created innovative video games inspired by the story. The abbreviation of the word entertaiment is entmt, which can be seen on some fliers or in industry news publications where space is at a premium.