1st Edition

Entertainment and Society Influences, Impacts, and Innovations

By Shay Sayre, Cynthia King Copyright 2010
    600 Pages
    by Routledge

    600 Pages
    by Routledge

    The second edition of this innovative textbook introduces students to the ways that society shapes our many forms of entertainment and in turn, how entertainment shapes society. Entertainment and Society examines a broad range of types of entertainment that we enjoy in our daily lives – covering new areas like sports, video games, gambling, theme parks, travel, and shopping, as well as traditional entertainment media such as film, television, and print. A primary emphasis is placed on the impact of technological and cultural convergence on innovation and the influence of contemporary entertainment.

    The authors begin with a general overview of the study of entertainment, introducing readers to various ways of understanding leisure and play, and then go on to trace a brief history of the development of entertainment from its live forms through mediated technology. Subsequent chapters review a broad range of theories and research and provide focused discussions of the relationship between entertainment and key societal factors including economics and commerce, culture, law, politics, ethics, advocacy and technology. The authors conclude by highlighting innovations and emerging trends in live and mediated entertainment and exploring their implications for the future.

    The new edition features updated examples and pedagogical features throughout including text boxes, case studies, student activities, questions for discussion, and suggestions for further reading.

    Foreword Jennings Bryant.  Introduction  Section I: Influences: Theoretical Frameworks and Guiding Principles  1. Entertainment Everything  2. Our Convergence Culture  3. Understanding Entertainment Audiences  4. Drama and Storytelling  5. Entertainment Effects  Section II: Impacts: Societal Causes and Effects  6. The Attention Economy: Business and Technology  7. Branded Entertainment and Theming  8. A Question of Standards: Legal Rights & Responsibilities  9. Ethics in the Information Age  10. Religion and Socialization  11. Ethnicity, Culture and Globalization  12. Sin City: Sex, Drugs, Violence and Gambling  Section III: Innovations: Contemporary Trends and Practices  13. Advocacy in Entertainment: Politics, Activism and Education  14. Media Entertainment  15. Live on Our Stage: The Performing Arts  16. Travel, Attractions and Recreation  17. New Media and Futuretainment


    Shay Sayre is Professor Emeritus of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.

    Cynthia King is Associate Professor of Communications at California State University, Fullerton.

    Praise for the first edition:

    "They cover the whole array of what can be entertaining: books, drama, music, films, circuses, television, gaming, gambling, sports, advertising, tourism, and edutainment.... The book is worth being read by scholars who are interested in entertainment studies and as a textbook it will be very useful." Emile G. McAnany A Quarterly Review of Communication Research