Entertaiment is one of those things that the brain is shaped to understand deeply. A lot of it has to do with backstabbing and murders, things that the human mind is adapted to react to deeply. That’s why many forms of entertainment are successful, because they hit on the points that the human mind was evolved to understand.
The word ‘entertainment’ is derived from the Latin verb inter tenere, meaning ‘to hold within’. It is also related to the Indo-European root ten, which means’stretch’. This article was first published in the Fall 2011 issue of Transformational Entertainment News. The Fall 2011 issue is still available for purchase.