Entertainment has been with human society for as long as can be remembered. When one would look over the course of history, he will find different forms of entertainment. The Greeks have their games as well as their tragic dramas. The Romans built the Colosseum to house their spectacles such as the gladiators. The English people provided us with an array of Shakespearean plays.
This only shows that by nature man is fun loving. We always make sure that we are never bogged down by burdens of everyday life by providing ourselves with different ways to have fun and enjoyment. While all these are true, entertainment has different effects for us. Let’s take a closer look.
Positive Effects of Entertainment on Society
Entertainment, whether it may be sports, movies, music or arts provide us with an avenue to remove ourselves temporarily from all the stress and hassles of everyday life. It provides an opportunity for us to pause for a while to recharge and better prepare ourselves for other tasks ahead.
In a way, it provides color to our bland everyday life. Without entertainment, it would be very easy for us to drown with all the pressures that we experience in our everyday life. It is also a platform for many of us to fuel their creativity.
Negative Effects of Entertainment on Society
Entertainment has a profound influence to all of us. You may notice that the way a lot of people talk or the way we dress is very reflective of the kind of movies we watch or who the celebrities we look up to. While harmless in itself, it becomes dangerous when the wrong practices of these celebrities we look up to or those of the characters of movies that we watch become visible in our lives.
Another negativity that media brings can clearly be seen in TV ads. Here we can see companies providing as a picture of a happy life when we enjoy their products. It may be a new cellphone model, fast food, a clothing line or even cosmetic surgery.
Viewers are led to believe that happiness can be achieved if they avail these products. Psychologists call this romantic realism. The problem with this approach is that it alters our values and we ultimately becomes materialistic. This happens because we are bombarded by it in huge amount every single day. This is why there is a need for entertainment literacy.
What Is Entertainment Literacy?
Basically, entertainment literacy is educating viewers on how they can be more aware of the manner by which entertainment conditions the way we think. Most educational institutions offer media literacy. it develops skills of students in sorting and interpreting what they see in the media.
However, this only focuses so much on news and opinions broadcasted by the media. If entertainment, as well as ads, would also be covered, a better skill would be developed by the students to better equip them in dealing with the kind of conditioning being employed in the media.
It is true that entertainment is an integral part of our lives. It has been with our society for a very long time. But, it is also true that the effects it has on us are not always good which is why we need to develop skills to better manage what we see, hear or read in the media so that we would be so influenced that we ultimately lose our own values.