The Serious Side of Entertainment

The film industry is one of the biggest industries in our society. It is a booming business with one mission: to entertain. To some people, the fact that our need for fun is big enough to sustain a whole industry is troublesome. We like to think of humans as creatures who can be distinguished because of their ability to think, to philosophize, and to reflect on life. We are the homo sapiens – the human that is wise. A shared craving for shallow amusement does not seem to support this image of ourselves as highly sophisticated beings. Hence, people often ask: Why is entertainment important? Initially, researchers explained that entertainment is a pleasurable experience, characterized by amuse

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