Summary: Entertainment & Society: Audiences, Trends, & Impact is the first comprehensive, theory and research-based text for upper-division courses in entertainment studies. The book provides an overview of leisure and travel in our society in a way that no other textbook accomplishes. The first of its kind, it is an intelligent tourist's guide to entertainment in modern life. The reader is treated to discussions about audiences of live and mediated performance, sport ...show mores, and tourism. The use of theming is presented for its contribution to our postmodern society.
Various aspects of the entertainment industry are explored, including entertainment economics, theories of entertainment, entertainment research (consumer & advertising research), and types of entertainment. These include media (chat rooms; cybersex), sports, gaming, theme entertainment (malls & restaurant experiences; shopping), travel and tourism, live performance, and television and film. The final chapter in the book covers 'future-tainment' including health & fitness, religion (Trinity Broadcast Network), and Technology.
Each chapter presents the history, current trends, and effects of a specific entertainment area Questions for discussion and review, exercises, and recommended readings are provided for each chapter Each chapter takes "A Closer Look" at an aspect of the subject that expands upon the ideas and concepts presented "Focus on" boxes highlight interesting or unusual information and presents questons for student reflection and class discussion. The authors focus on examples that illustrate how everything in life--from driving our cars to shopping for food--is crafted to provide an entertaining experience. They demonstrate how dramatic tension has been introduced into all of our experiences for both learning and enjoyment. The book confirms that modern Americans define ourselves not by what we own but what we do. Also appropriate for general education programs, this text is directed at undergraduate courses involving media, culture, psychology, sociology, American Studies and entertainment.