mass medium


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web At the turn of the millennium, audiobooks were closer to a cottage industry than a mass medium. Daniel A. Gross, The New Yorker, 16 Dec. 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mass medium was in 1923

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Cite this Entry

“Mass medium.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

mass medium

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