Entertaining is a broad term that involves the act of giving enjoyment and pleasure and holds the attention of an audience. It can be a project or an idea, but generally is more often than not one of those socially acceptable activities or occasions that has developed over thousands of years particularly for the sole purpose of maintaining an audience’s focus. Entertaining oneself can range from attending a live performance to watching a movie to reading a book. From these activities, entertainment can also take the form of amusement parks and zoos, traveling carnivals and theme parks to cooking and gardening. It is even possible to find Entertaining as a service as some hotels have entertainers come in at night and on weekends to give pleasure to the guests.
Entertaining can take many forms, including performing, the written word, or the visual arts. The written word and performing arts are the best known forms. While the written word can range from literature to plays, the visual arts include movies, theatre, dance, spectacle, and comedy. The modern world of amusement owes its existence to both the development of technology and mass media, as well as the establishment of professional entertainers who have come to define the industry.
Entertainers can work with a number of different mediums including stage shows, music, dance, readings, and comedy. The history of entertainment can also be traced back to the development of theatrical productions and circuses during the nineteenth century, which were widely developed as a result of the rise of the first organized European fairs. For these early fairs, entertainment included masked actors who wore animal masks to give the audience an imagine or make believe experience of the drama. These early water parks were developed to provide amusement by allowing people to watch acts of tricks and stunts, as well as other live performances. In the nineteenth century, these shows became more sophisticated when performers started using lighting effects, sounds, and elaborate visual effects to make the experience more exciting.
The nineteenth century brought a further development in the form of comedy, and while this did not lead to a complete decline in the development of entertainment, it was a marked decline. This decline however, did not occur until the middle of the twentieth century, after the evolution of new forms of mass entertainment such as motion pictures, dramatic production, and TV. The dramatic production industry changed the definition of what entertainment was for many people, as it required very advanced and expensive equipment, as well as trained actors to provide the audience with a completely real and believable experience. The development of television animation paved the way for a greater diversity of comedy shows in the twenty first century. Animation has become the single most important force shaping modern television entertainment.
Television today is widely considered to be the dominant force shaping modern mass media entertainment. Shows such as The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Friends, and The Daily Show all parched the imagination of network executives who finally realized that television could offer entertainment that was more unique, and that it could actually captivate a broader audience than even the best movies and TV shows. Today, there are hundreds of shows that can be viewed on basic cable, which provide audiences with an array of diverse genres, and that cater to a worldwide audience. As long as the industry continues to evolve, it will continue to take over the show business. It is too important an industry to be left by the wayside.
While entertainment remains a mainstay in the world of theatre and cinema, the world of show business is no longer governed solely by one form of entertainment. From stage revues to corporate conventions, comedy clubs to internet venues, the show business has now taken on every form of mass media entertainment. The future of the entertainment industry looks bright, and shows like The Sopranos have shown the way.