Entertaiment and Technology

Entertaiment is a wide-ranging and diverse field, from professional storytelling to the most high-brow forms of theatre. It can involve physical and social interaction, but also sedentary engagement with advanced technologies (1,2). Many familiar forms of entertainment have demonstrated an amazing capacity for re-use across media; the Scheherazade story (a central example of the Persian professional storytelling tradition) has inspired Rimsky-Korsakov’s orchestral music, Ravel’s piano concerto, Pasolini’s film adaptation, and innovative video games (3,4).

Children’s entertainment is often based on play (4,6); it can mimic adult activities such as watching performances; or prepare them for social and family interactions (6,7).