The Entertaiment Industry


The word entertaiment is derived from the Old French entretenement and means “to entertain.” The entertainment industry has always been about more than just pleasure. It includes public performances, such as plays, operas, and television shows; private recreation, such as concerts, sports, or games; and storytelling. One famous example is the story of Scheherazade, which originated in the Persian professional storytelling tradition and inspired Rimsky-Korsakov to write an orchestral work and Pasolini to make a film.