The Power of Entertaiment


Entertaiment is an activity that diverts attention from boredom or stress, such as watching movies, television, online video platforms, or participating in sports activities. It can also be a break in an otherwise busy schedule that allows the mind to recharge, resulting in increased energy for work and life.

The power of entertainment is demonstrated by the way familiar stories have the potential to inspire retelling in different media – for example, composers Rimsky-Korsakov, Ravel, and Szymanowski all took the Scheherazade story from Persian professional storytelling tradition and made orchestral works; film director Pasolini made a movie; and there is even an innovative video game that takes this tale as its inspiration.

Entertainment hits on the themes that our brains were evolved to react deeply to, wich is why a lot of it focus on backstabbing and murders for example. But if we are careful not to confuse entertainment with distraction, it can be an excellent method of achieving insight and highbrow growth.