Entertainment – what good is it?
The purposes and needs for entertainment seem to be perplexing questions, beyond the reasoning of common people. Indeed, that there is entertainment in our lives is taken as a given by most people, who only focus on second-level issues of which style/type/form, what media and presentation mode, and how much or often they would partake of it.
Although the underlying question seems to have been presumed away, I propose that it is of primary importance to mankind’s very existence, and may hold many keys and reveal many facts previously held secret inside the enigma of assumption which people fail to consider about our world.
In my treatment of this subject, I shall define it to include both passive (intake/observational) situations, and sensation-seeking (participatory) activities, with the common requirement being that no value (money or money’s worth) is derived from such engagement. This differs markedly from many analyses, which include only the passive within the definition. My position on this hinges on the Western, and increasingly worldwide proposition that time is money, and anything other than work is some sort of waste of time.
The chemical connections of these phenomena are not to be ignored, especially in this era when world-girdling pharmaceutical companies vie for control of our bodies and our lives with similarly-sized food and beverage enterprises; and the makers of the ubiquitous electronic devices in our hands and on (in?) our bodies. The enhancing effects of endorphin contend with the soporific effect of dopamine in every person’s brain, but the controls seem to be held by those external mega-combines who want to control us and our world to their profit.
Does the persistent existence and indeed expansion of entertainment show that we *need* to ‘waste’ some of our time? Is entertainment a waste of time, or the highest use of human time? Is the expression of artistic creativity a brilliant and valuable synthesis of factual knowledge and emotional understand which everybody should, one way or another, pay positive attention to?
What makes us feel better / happier?
Budgets Time Money
How much is it worth to us?
Let’s look at side effects:
Getting drunk / high hangover
Collecting stuff storing it, moving it, insuring it
Sex adventures sexually transmitted diseases
Killing wild animals species extinction
Eating getting fat, heart disease
Weekend athletics sports injuries
Here’s a weblink of some interest: http://outofmygord.com/2010/01/19/the-psychology-of-entertainment-our-need-for-entertainment/
One could go so far as to include sleep, taking nourishment, dressing, bathing and grooming as forms of entertainment, and fashionistas have portrayed it as such from time to time. What a clever turn-around it is to take human requirements and stand them on their heads to make them appear as entertainments, and thereby time-wasters, which should be eschewed by the industrious worker. When work is elevated to higher importance than the maintenance of human life, surely we are on our way to relentless servitude.
I’ve got to look into these things more deeply!