from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The prevailing current of thought, influence, or activity: "You need not accept the nominee's ideology, only be able to locate it in the American mainstream” ( Charles Krauthammer).
- adj. Representing the prevalent attitudes, values, and practices of a society or group: mainstream morality.
- transitive v. To integrate (a student with special needs) into regular school classes.
- transitive v. To incorporate into a prevailing group.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Used or accepted broadly rather than by a tiny fraction of a population or market.
- n. That which is common; the norm.
- v. To educate (a disabled student) together with non-disabled students.
- v. To popularize, to normalize, to render mainstream.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The prevailing opinion or practise.
- transitive v. TO place (a student) in regular school classes; -- used especially of mentally or physically handicapped children.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the prevailing current of thought
I agree with your points about HRW, but can we limit the use of the term mainstream media.
He says the problems in Inner Mongolia, which he says is a sensitive ethnic region similar to restless Tibet and Xinjiang, reflect growing grievances in what he describes as mainstream Chinese society.
Zeitgeist is the general cultural, intellectual, ethical, spiritual, and/or political climate within a nation or even specific groups, along with the general ambience, morals, and sociocultural direction or mood of an era (similar to the English word mainstream or trend).
Everyone in the mainstream is aware that Stephen King sells a lot of books, but they still don't acknowledge that anyone in the horror field can write.
And this statement also went on to say that, sadly, from the Democrats 'perspective, they say that this congresswoman and this sentiment represents what they call the mainstream of the Republican Party.
Big, small, and in-between - If they are what we call mainstream, they are good for public health.
Well, some of the comics, what they call the mainstream Marvel Universe... um, no, it wasn't a divorce, it was a sort of magical, uh...
But I am actually beginning to think that what we know as the mainstream press might end up going the way of the Dodo bird after all.
This year's version of the off-the-wall argument moving into the mainstream is the argument that John Kerry is disqualified for the presidency (or, apparently, for the Senate position he currently holds), because of the provision in the Fourteenth Amendment imposing disqualification as a sanction for people who, having sworn an oath to support the Constitution (as soldiers -- and members of Congress -- do), gives aid and comfort to the nation's enemies.
And that has a profound impact and undermines what we call the mainstream media of the country.