Definitions

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  • noun The modern industrial equivalent of culture, mass-produced and anonymously consumed, without specialization or connoisseurship.

Etymologies

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

Examples

  • His concern is "not so much with the dead sea of masscult as with the life of the tide line where the decisive struggles for survival take place between higher and lower organisms."

    Fragment from an Untelevised Revolution

  • Compare Smith's reliance on masscult totems like the Star Wars movies to the catholic tastes of his fellow Sundance alum Quentin Tarantino, who teases fans with references to obscure spaghetti Westerns and borrows formal strategies from Jean-Luc Godard.

    Slate Articles

  • Guy Debord throws down this critique near the end of his last film, détourned into illustrative counterpoint for an anti-masscult philippic interwoven with autobiographical self-reflection ....

    GreenCine Daily

  • Guy Debord throws down this critique near the end of his last film, détourned into illustrative counterpoint for an anti-masscult philippic interwoven with autobiographical self-reflection ....

    GreenCine Daily

  • Guy Debord throws down this critique near the end of his last film, détourned into illustrative counterpoint for an anti-masscult philippic interwoven with autobiographical self-reflection ....

    GreenCine Daily

  • Guy Debord throws down this critique near the end of his last film, détourned into illustrative counterpoint for an anti-masscult philippic interwoven with autobiographical self-reflection ....

    GreenCine Daily

  • Guy Debord throws down this critique near the end of his last film, détourned into illustrative counterpoint for an anti-masscult philippic interwoven with autobiographical self-reflection ....

    GreenCine Daily

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