Entertainment has always been a part of culture and tradition no matter the country, place, or time. It was previously used to hand down stories and lessons from one generation to another until it simply became a favorite way to pass the time. From storytelling in front of a campfire, to swapping travel stories among different tourists, entertainment has evolved into different forms and branched off into different types according to purpose. First we’ll talk about the different forms of entertainment before we move on to how they are classified according to use.
Forms of Entertainment
Under the forms of entertainment, it can be clear to see how these different forms have evolved through time and how they affect each other.
Since the ancient times, banquets have been commonly used by nobles as a form of entertainment. Their main purpose was to show off the noble’s riches and influence, however it has slowly changed to more hospitable reasons and to support other forms of art like music and/or dancing. For banquets, entertainers had to hone their skills, nurturing and helping entertainment flourish.
These banquets are now replaced with more specific celebrations like weddings, religious obligations, birthdays, and political achievements. There are still performers for these events, but it has branched out to other forms as well like cooking.
Music was used mainly to support other forms of entertainment. It was used as background music for storytelling, for singing, and it is a vital component in dancing. After this era, music became widely known and eventually separated as a specific form of entertainment. In the case of concerts, music is the only thing offered as entertainment, but the performance is extremely popular and well sought.
One major factor that lead to an explosion in musical interest was when technology allowed the common person to listen to it. Previously, music was only available for musicians or in the presence of one. Through broadcasts and records, it is now possible for people to listen to their favorite songs at any time of the day.
At first, games were played for the sake of recreation. From the Mesoamerican ballgames which involved ritual sacrifices, to childish board games, it was a way to pass the time while holding various social meetings. Games used various equipments, using balls, boards, or dices that were made specifically for that game.
With the recent times, online gaming has become a very famous pastime for players of various ages and social ranks. It also involved either a single person playing the game or a team with specific conditions to achieve victory. Online games have also undergone evolution and they are now played in various tournaments with players that come from all over the world. In some countries, online gamers have even achieved something like a celebrity status.
When various forms of entertainment were received for the social classes or simply too expensive for the common folk, reading became a very reliable form of entertainment. Books were not too costly and they could be reread or traded with fellow book enthusiasts. Reading also had various uses such as getting information, to pass the time, to record local folklore or to provide a simple form of distraction.
Seeing that people wanted to read to be entertained, various authors in time created different genres purely for entertainment. There are even some books that provide some degree of interaction from the reader when he/she chooses a specific option from a list of choices and it leads to different endings or outcomes of the story.
Cartoons and comics also belong in this category, since they are in printed media although they include graphics or drawings to provide an entertaining story plot. Comics range from philosophical views to those that are simply made for entertainment.
Before the invention of video and audio recording, performances in front of a live audience was a major source of entertainment. Theatrical performances covered a wide range of genres including drama, theatre, and music. In the early centuries, playwrights and royal courts put forward performances that had complex storylines and also included acting, dancing, and singing.
A common aspect when performing in front of a live audience is the immediate response shown by the audience. If a play is deemed as entertaining or worthy, audiences showed their appreciation with applause. On the other hand, if they didn’t like it or if it was distasteful, then they also showed their dissatisfaction directly.
There are many types of dance according to the event or cultural practice involved. It can be serious when expressing a country’s important stories or history; and it could also be in the form of comedy. It is also one of the few forms of entertainment that combine other forms into it like singing, storytelling, and theatre.
From representing culture, dances have also evolved to a form of competition within the social circle, and then including people from other countries. This has given dance and it’s different forms an international reputation.
Types of Entertainment
For the types of entertainment, an important aspect in this is to consider the interest of the audience and their age.
Children have a desire to be entertained more compared to their adult counterparts. Commonly used in these types are clowns, magicians, puppets, and pantomimes. Though it’s mainly aimed for children, adults often enjoy it too.
Adult entertainment is largely associated with mature or sexual forms to entertain and give pleasure. However, this isn’t limited to only mature material since there are also activities which adults find attractive which children do not. Examples for these types are traveling, tours, safari, and song events.
For this type, these involve entertainers performing in public for any amount of cash that passers-by give them. Public entertainment also involves a wide variety of acts such as mimes, musicians, dancers, and magicians. Public entertainers are usually located in places where lots of people pass by so that they can easily get attention and they can get money easily.
Live entertainment is for audiences across all age groups. This is because there are a lot of activities that can be performed live which appeal to different people or audience type. For example, there are concerts, theatre, magic performances, live TV shows, and even dances.
Performed during big events like awarding ceremonies, corporate events, or product launches, this type of entertainment is usually handled by professionals. This involves hundreds or thousands of people, which is why this is generally handled by experienced performers or professionals.
Across time, it is very evident to see the different types and forms of entertainment and the evolution it has undergone. With the variety in types and forms of entertainment today, there will always be something that will suit your needs.