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Entertaiment is one of the hottest genres in popular culture. It is characterized by a high level of production value, artistic experimentation both musically and visually, massive company stans, a huge fanbase, and relatively little success with the general public.
Despite the popular image of entertainment as frivolous, many forms of it serve a purpose beyond amusement. They may serve a social function, such as a ceremony or religious festival, or they might encourage reflection and insight, like satire or a lecture. The word entertainment derives from the Latin intertenere, which means to hold inside. Many entertainments have a more base and reprehensible purpose, such as dogfighting.