Defining entertainment : an approach

McKee, Alan, Collis, Christy, Nitins, Tanya, Ryan, Mark, Harrington, Stephen, Duncan, Barry, Carter, Joe, Luck, Edwina, Neale, Larry, Butler, Des, & Backstrom, Michelle (2014) Defining entertainment : an approach. Creative Industries Journal, 7(2), pp. 108-120.

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Entertainment is a key cultural category. Yet the definition of entertainment can differ depending upon whom one asks. This article maps out understandings of entertainment in three key areas. Within industrial discourses, entertainment is defined by a commercial business model. Within evaluative discourses used by consumers and critics, it is understood through an aesthetic system that privileges emotional engagement, story, speed and vulgarity. Within academia, entertainment has not been a key organizing concept within the humanities, despite the fact that it is one of the central categories used by producers and consumers of culture. It has been important within psychology, where entertainment is understood in a solipsistic sense as being anything that an individual finds entertaining. Synthesizing these approaches, the authors propose a cross-sectoral definition of entertainment as ‘audience-centred commercial culture’.

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ID Code: 77995
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Defining Entertainment, Industrial Discourses, Evaluative Discourses
DOI: 10.1080/17510694.2014.962932
ISSN: 1751-0694
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > OTHER STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190999)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Past > Schools > School of Media, Entertainment & Creative Arts
Current > Schools > School of Advertising, Marketing & Public Relations
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis
Deposited On: 22 Oct 2014 22:45
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2014 22:47

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