View Poll Results: Which of these are part of the 'mainstream media'?

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  • ABC, NBC, CBS + non-pay TV

    13 100.00%
  • Fox News, MSNBC, CNN + pay TV

    10 76.92%
  • BBC, DW, RT, AJ + other non-US news

    5 38.46%
  • Talk Radio

    5 38.46%
  • National daily and weekly press

    10 76.92%
  • Online newspapers HuffPo, Town Hall etc

    7 53.85%
  • Online news services Yahoo, Google News etc

    6 46.15%
  • Local news media, press, TV, radio

    8 61.54%
  • Other (please state)

    3 23.08%
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Thread: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

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    Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    I hear people throwing around the term 'mainstream media' all the time, but I'm never quite sure what that means exactly. Does mainstream mean available to everyone, free to consume? Does it mean that media controlled by just the largest half-dozen media corporations? Or does it mean the media that receives the greatest viewership/listeners/readership?

    Here's a poll with a list of media sources. Please vote for those which you believe to members of that 'mainstream media' club. Should be interesting to see how different people interpret the term.
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    Re: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I hear people throwing around the term 'mainstream media' all the time, but I'm never quite sure what that means exactly. Does mainstream mean available to everyone, free to consume? Does it mean that media controlled by just the largest half-dozen media corporations? Or does it mean the media that receives the greatest viewership/listeners/readership?

    Here's a poll with a list of media sources. Please vote for those which you believe to members of that 'mainstream media' club. Should be interesting to see how different people interpret the term.
    It is quite difficult I find to be very precise. But I would generally say that mass production like Huffington, NYT, or WP are as mainstream as NPR, Fox or CNN. I do not think I would probably include Foreign Affairs or even Foreign Policy Magazine. Probably I would include The Economist, though, it is UK. The same is true for international broadcasters like CNBC, France24, Aljeezera or BBC, but definitely not RT.

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    Re: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    I hear people throwing around the term 'mainstream media' all the time, but I'm never quite sure what that means exactly. Does mainstream mean available to everyone, free to consume? Does it mean that media controlled by just the largest half-dozen media corporations? Or does it mean the media that receives the greatest viewership/listeners/readership?

    Here's a poll with a list of media sources. Please vote for those which you believe to members of that 'mainstream media' club. Should be interesting to see how different people interpret the term.
    I chose options 1 & 2. I missed one I would have added, which was National daily and weekly press.

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    Re: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    Everything with over a certain number of viewers/hits per day. What is the number?

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    Re: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    Quote Originally Posted by SCitizen View Post
    Everything with over a certain number of viewers/hits per day. What is the number?
    If that's your criterion, you tell me.
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    Re: Which of these is a part of the 'mainstream media'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    If that's your criterion, you tell me.
    I do not know -- there are corporations like comscore and Nielsen monitoring online and offline media traffic.

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