masscult

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mass +‎ cult, coined by Dwight MacDonald in the essay Masscult and Midcult (1960).

Noun[edit]

masscult (uncountable)

  1. The modern industrial equivalent of culture, mass-produced and anonymously consumed, without specialization or connoisseurship.
    • 2007 June 29, The New York Times, “Jazz Listings”, New York Times:
      ★ THE BAD PLUS (Tomorrow) With its fifth studio album, “Prog” (Do the Math), this trio ventures further along a distinctive and adventurous path; the bassist Reid Anderson, the pianist Ethan Iverson and the drummer David King sound as committed as ever, and their alchemy of masscult allusions and highbrow inventions still has the power to overwhelm.

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