Episodes of amusement have always existed to provide excitement to life. Such occasions are normally short incidents that break up the hardships that are part of living in a world that often has sorrows and tragedy.
However, modern entertainment is more than just a way to lighten up life. It tends to dominate life and substitute reality. Polish philosopher Ryszard Legutko claims it is an activity “that separates us from the seriousness of existence and fills this existence with false content.”
This entertainment ends up establishing artificial rules to life where everything must be funny and distracting. It turns thoughts away from fundamental existential matters.
Legutko concludes that by “escaping the questions of the ultimate meaning of our own lives, or of human life in general, our minds slowly get used to that fictitious reality, which we take for the real one, and are lured by its attractions” (Ryszard Legutko, The Demon in Democracy: Totalitarian Temptations in Free Societies, Encounter Books, 2016, p. 36).