Entertaiment is a diverse field that encompasses many different forms and media. It ranges from high art to low culture, from the simple to the sublime, from escapism to education, and from catharsis to cerebral engagement. The enigmatic Scheherazade has been told as an orchestral piece; her stories have been turned into films; and her tales have inspired many innovative video games. The preferences of individual people vary; one person might find a children’s cartoon entertaining, while another might prefer a deep documentary.
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This article was originally published in December 2016. It has been updated.