From an historical perspective, entertainment relates to the way in which we divert and amuse ourselves. It is a form of culture influenced by narrative traditions and moralism. It has evolved into a significant industry and provides livelihoods to many. It is a highly adaptive activity, transforming from what was originally intended as entertainment for the individual into entertainment that can be adapted to a dinner party for two; a banquet for an audience of thousands or more; or performances that are televised globally.
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