A clown at a birthday party, a Broadway show, or your friends fighting over the last potato chip: these are all forms of entertainment. From the Old French entretenir, meaning to hold together or support, entertainment has come to mean amusement and distraction–although it may also be serious, as in a ceremony, festival, or satire. As a genre, entertainment is constantly changing and adapting to new media: what’s considered edgy in one medium might be completely acceptable in another.
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