Entertaiment is a diverse concept that can include anything from a dinner party for two; to a banquet for thousands, with appropriate music and dance; to watching or participating in performances intended for global audiences. Some activities that were once used for hunting or war, such as fencing or archery have become spectator sports. Others, such as the story of Scheherazade from professional storytelling traditions, has inspired re-tellings in music, film and innovative video games. Entertainment often involves play, which is important to children’s development and prepares them for adult responsibilities such as child rearing or social interaction. (2).
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