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 Television emerged as a mass medium during the 1950s, just in time to help fuel early Cold War hysteria. Joel Mathis, The Week, 9 June 2022 Once a technological curiosity known to a few, podcasting is becoming a mass medium thanks in part to the audience that discovered them during the coronavirus pandemic. Jonathan Berr, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 30 Dec. 2019 See More

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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 17 Aug. 2022.

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