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 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 There was a time, not long ago, when Britain’s election broadcasting rules largely ensured that candidates got fair access to the limited number of true mass media outlets that shape public opinion. Rick Noack, Washington Post, "Dishonesty and dirty tactics define Britain’s election," 12 Dec. 2019 These figures compare to a September Gallup poll measuring audience trust in U.S. mass media at 41 percent. Melinda Zemper,, "VOA Eurasia division chief warns of Russian disinformation at VOA Museum talk," 29 Nov. 2019 Since buying the commercial rights for F1 from longtime British supremo Bernie Ecclestone in 2017, the American mass media company has made fan engagement a priority. Emiko Jozuka, CNN, "Singapore Grand Prix: Humidity meets hedonism during Asia's most punishing race," 20 Sep. 2019 WhatsApp has also relied on mass media to solve its fake news problem. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, "WhatsApp is the medium of choice for older Nigerians spreading fake news," 22 Oct. 2019 Painting was its day’s mass media in the 19th century, and no one had the awareness to question their canvases. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "Can Western art enter the modern era? Yes, and it’s happening here in Denver.," 29 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of mass medium

1923, in the meaning defined above

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2 Apr 2020

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“Mass medium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 2020.

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