Entertaiment is the fall 2011 issue of T E News, a publication that examines the industry whose name we abbreviate. The fall issue was a particularly difficult one to get off the ground because it was dealing with a remarkably voluminous subject matter that required a great deal of labor and research.
Entertainment is broadly defined to include any activity that is consumed and requires an audience. It can be enjoyed by two people who choose a movie for their private entertainment; to groups that have the same type of experience at a banquet or a performance; to individuals and groups who share the same experience in a stadium or arena. Bates and Ferri (2010) state that entertainment is an objectively understood activity that includes communication between text and audience, involves external stimulus, offers pleasure, requires the presence of an audience, and takes place in a passive form.