Popular entertainment has frequently been hailed as the harbingers of social downfall, but is it really that simple? From public executions to theater, from ballet to video games, this brief essay examines the turmoil that surrounds history's most cherished forms of entertainment.
Nancy Fulda is an essayist and science fiction writer living in Germany. She is a Phobos Award winner, a Jim Baen Memorial award winner, and a recent Hugo and Nebula nominee. Originally published in Clarkesworld Magazine, this article is approximately 2500 words or 15 printed pages long.