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mass medium

noun, plural mass media.
any of the means of communication, as television or newspapers, that reach very large numbers of people.
Origin of mass medium
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Less than two percent of all the information thrown into mass media communication reaches its audience.

  • mass media activity is carried not by its own motivations, but by those of the market, whose locus it becomes.

  • Other, more democratic states fostered a sense of national unity by mass media and school indoctrination.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Young people, especially students, appeared to be even less stimulated by the mass media than their elders.

    Area Handbook for Bulgaria Eugene K. Keefe, Violeta D. Baluyut, William Giloane, Anne K. Long, James M. Moore, and Neda A. Walpole
  • Thus all individuals who work with the mass media, either directly or indirectly, are subject to Party discipline.

    Area Handbook for Albania Eugene K. Keefe
British Dictionary definitions for mass media

mass media

plural noun
the means of communication that reach large numbers of people in a short time, such as television, newspapers, magazines, and radio
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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mass media in Culture

mass media definition

Newspapers, motion pictures, radio, television, and magazines, all of which have the technical capacity to deliver information to millions of people.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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