Saturday, June 30, 2007

Theory: Novel Classification of Profession Entertainment

Title: Novel Classification of Professional Entertainment

Abstract: Professional entertainments are naturally classified based on individual tastes or level of expertise. In this theory, I present a new classification for professional entertainment or more specifically stage performances, including professional sports, cinema, classical recital, a rock festival, magic shows, TV soaps, porn, etc. This theory then helps us to understand how some people cannot enjoy certain forms of entertainment, while others have a ball (Example: The movie "Sivaji").

The Classification: In this classification there are two types of entertainment: Type I and Type II. In type I entertainment, the audience is amazed at the skill of the performer and wonder how he/she does it. A typical example of Type I entertainment, would be a magic show. In this case, the satisfaction for the audience would come from being convinced at the performer's slight of hand. Other examples are a live music (recorded music belongs type II), professional games (like tennis).

An entertainment in which the audience enjoy the performance itself and the not the Raison d'être, would be Type II. For example, when people watch a firework show, they just enjoy the lit up sky, and the skilled maker of the firework is never thought about! Other examples of Type II entertainment are TV soaps, porn. I am sure nobody watches porn and gets entertained by the talent of the artists.

Exceptions: I am not aware of any blatant exception. However, there are fuzzy cases. For example, I am sure people go to soccer matches or cricket matches for the fun of watching a good game and that would put it in Type II. On the contrary, a soccer match could become a one man show, where the striker in one of the teams becomes the star attraction, which would change the source of the entertainment to be his/her display of talent, thus making it Type I. So, at times, even though we are classifying an entertainment, it could also depend on the perception of the spectator.

A good exception would be that, there are some forms of entertainment like this "blog" which are boring, and it fails to come under any of the above category! Or you could be amazed at how I could come of with such theories with absolutely no use, whatsoever!

Uses of this theory: Using this theory it is possible to understand why some people cannot like the new Rajnikanth blockbuster "Sivaji". Considering "Sivaji" as a Type I entertainment, where one is amazed at his charisma, his mottai avatar, his goodness, the movie would be liked. When the movie is considered as a Type II entertainment, and the movie goer sees it without an iota of appreciation for RajniKanth, it turns out to be drab (deservedly so!). Unfortunately, the north Indian population can only see it as a Type II entertainment, and therefore cannot join in a celebration of this larger-than-life dramatis persona!

Can you think of any exceptions to this classification? If you think this theory is a load of crap, I completely agree with you :-)



Blogger vishesh said...

nt wtchd shivaji no cmts now..

Sunday, July 1, 2007 at 2:06:00 AM CDT  
Blogger ಸ್ವರೂಪ್ ಭೂಷಣ್ said...

Ok two types are too less for entertainment.
There's also Temporicidal entertainment (to kill time) where the user neither bothers to enjoy the slight of hand, or marvels how the trick was done, but stares at the screen just to get through the day. Example, e-mail forwards in corporate life.

Then there's Parodist Sadism, the drive to deliver entertainment with no particular talent or skill involved but just choosing a specific scapegoat and conjuring tastefully obscene jokes at it.
Example: Colbert report, Scary movie series, The Onion (a religion by its own right), Russell Peters.

I subscribe to parody, because it transcends national and cultural borders and fosters the true spirit of humanity of being able to laugh at another human without a shred of remorse, and still earn ridiculous fame.

Monday, July 2, 2007 at 5:15:00 PM CDT  
Blogger Ravi said...

unbelievable theory... where do u come up with this tsuff... surely Sivaji has affected you in a big way... abstract thinking for classifying entertainment..... unbelievable!

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 12:51:00 PM CDT  
Blogger rads said...

dude - I totally think

1. You have way too much time on ur hands
2. Your head is full o ideas and you are quite bored and restless..
3. Creative take!

The theory ultimately is of course as you descriptively put it :)

btw, you are not much of a communicator are you? Or just plain picky?

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 at 5:35:00 PM CDT  

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