mass medium

plural mass media

Definition of mass medium

: a medium of communication (such as newspapers, radio, or television) that is designed to reach the mass of the people usually used in plural

Examples of mass medium in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web With its teen-warrior heroine and gory mashup of Greek mythology, Roman entertainment and modern mass media, the book caught fire, so to speak, with the trilogy selling some 100 million copies in 54 languages. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Feeding the Hunger for a Prequel," 19 May 2020 Even in an age of mass media and digital outreach, U.S. presidents are estimated to shake hands with some 65,000 people a year. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "After the Handshake," 11 May 2020 For Brown, the Holzer refers to mass media and fine art, evoking both modern technology and ancient burial practices. Steven Litt, cleveland, "Cleveland Museum of Art collection shows how humanity coped with pandemics from Black Death to AIDS," 26 Apr. 2020 The problem is that the British past offers no clear guidance about what to do if a prime minister falls ill in an age of mass media. Luke Reader, The Conversation, "With Boris Johnson in intensive care, who runs the UK?," 7 Apr. 2020 But the youngest actors have the haziest relationship with AIDS, informed by the mass media of their childhood. Joshua Barone, New York Times, "What Generations of Gay Men Hand Down in ‘The Inheritance’," 25 Oct. 2019 The notion of governments being suspicious of a messianic personality -- and the effects of modern mass media -- add intriguing wrinkles to the series. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Messiah' asks provocative questions, without giving many answers," 30 Dec. 2019 Film festivals and Hollywood movie studios alike have been racing to keep up with the trends in mass media, where cell phones, video games, and subscription streaming services are changing the ways consumers engage with screens and stories. TheWeek, "reckons with the streaming revolution," 7 Feb. 2020 Along the way, the trio spearheaded a reinvention of folk as a youthful, mass media phenomenon; at its peak, in 1959, the group put four albums in the Top 10 at the same time. Peter Applebome,, "Bob Shane, last of the original Kingston Trio," 28 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of mass medium

1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Mass medium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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