Article from T E News (Fall 2011)

The word entertainment has become associated with amusement and fun, although many forms of entertainment have a serious purpose. Some of these, such as religious festivals or satire, are designed to provoke thought or impart knowledge. Others are simply meant for pleasure, but may have the added bonus of social or spiritual improvement. Some activities, such as fencing or archery, that were once necessary skills for some people, have evolved into sports with global appeal and are now considered entertainment.

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