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Look up mainstream in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Mainstream is, generally, the common current of thought of the majority. It is a term most often applied in the arts (i.e., music, literature, and performance). This includes: Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Wiktionary (from wiki and dictionary) is a multilingual, Web-based project to create a free content dictionary, available in over 150 languages. ... Personification of thought (Greek Εννοια) in Celsus Library in Ephesos, Turkey Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, ends and desires. ... A majority is a subset of a group that is more than half of the entire group. ... The arts is a broad subdivision of culture, composed of many expressive disciplines. ...

  • something that is ordinary or usual;
  • something that is familiar to the masses;
  • something that is available to the general public.

As such, the mainstream includes all popular culture, typically disseminated by mass media. The opposite of the mainstream are subcultures, countercultures, cult followings, underground cultures and (in fiction) genre. Additionally, Mainstream is sometimes a codeword used for one's own actual ethnocentric or subculture point of view, especially when delivered in a culture war speech. It is sometimes used as a pejorative term. In the United States, mainline churches are sometimes referred to synonymously as "mainstream."[citation needed] In behavior, normal means not deviating very much from the average. ... Mass society is a society in which the concerns of the majority – the lower social classes – play a prominent role, characterized by extension of voting rights, an improved standard of living for the lower classes and mass education. ... Popular culture, sometimes called pop culture, consists of widespread cultural elements in any given society. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... In sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with distinct sets of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture of which they are a part. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Fiction (from the Latin fingere, to form, create) is storytelling of imagined events and stands in contrast to non-fiction, which makes factual claims that can be substantiated with evidence. ... Look up genre in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Ethnocentrism (Greek ethnos nation + -centrism) is a set of beliefs or practices based on the view that ones own group is the center of everything. ... In sociology, anthropology and cultural studies, a subculture is a set of people with distinct sets of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture of which they are a part. ... A culture war speech is term used in the United States of America to refer to a speech given either by a conservative or by a liberal that predominately supports a single culturally-biased or ethnocentric point of view and that does not recognize the validity of even parts of... In the United States, the mainline (also sometimes called mainstream) denominations are those Protestant denominations with a potpourri of conservative, moderate, and liberal theologies. ...

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In film

Mainstream films can best be defined as commercial films that know a wide release and play in first run theatres (A movie theater that runs primarily mainstream film fare from the major film companies and distributors, during the initial release period of each film). Being sold at popular stores (such as Amazon.com or its affiliates), or more typically, at general stores (such as Wal-Mart and its affiliates) can also be an indicator. Hollywood movies are usually considered mainstream and blockbusters are also mainstream films. The boundary is vague. Mainstream suggests middle-of-the-road and implies commercial viability, sometimes implying that the commercial viability is tantamount to a loss of artistic creativity. The opposite of mainstream film may be experimental film, art film or cult film. Wide release is a term in the American motion picture industry for a motion picture that is playing nationally (as opposed to a few theatres in cities such as New York and Los Angeles) and on thousands (rather than hundreds) of screens. ... A typical multiplex (AMC Promenade 16 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California). ... Amazon. ... A general store is usually a retailer located in a small town or in a rural area with a broad selection of merchandise crammed into a relatively small space. ... Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. ... ... Blockbuster, as applied to film or theater, is a very popular and/or monetarily-successful production. ... Commercialism, in its original meaning, is the practices, methods, aims, and spirit of commerce or business. ... The factual accuracy of this article is disputed. ... This article or section is in need of attention from an expert on the subject. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


In literature

In literature, particularly in literary criticism, "mainstream" is used to designate traditional realistic or mimetic fiction, as opposed to genre fictions such as science fiction, romance novels and mysteries, as well as to experimental fiction. Literary criticism is the study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. ... Literary realism most often refers to the trend, in early 19th century French literature, towards depictions of contemporary life and society as it is, in the spirit of general Realism, instead of a romanticized or similarly stylized presentation. ... Genre fiction is a term for fictional works (novels, short stories) written with the intent of fitting into a specific literary genre in order to appeal to the fans of that genre. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A romance novel is a literary genre developed in Western culture, mainly in English-speaking countries. ... Sherlock Holmes, pipe-puffing hero of crime fiction, confers with his colleague Dr. Watson; together these characters popularized the genre. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


In music

Musically, mainstream music denotes music that is familiar to the masses, as for example popular music, pop music, middle of the road music, rock and roll music. but older generations often disklike the mainstream taste of the youth. it's mostly consider modern rap music, nu metal, emocore, teen pop, and in europe also some club and dance music artist. Mainstream jazz is generally seen as an evolution of be-bop, which was originally regarded as radical. Popular music is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are accessible to the general public and are disseminated by one or more of the mass media. ... For popular music (music produced commercially rather than art or folk music), see Popular music. ... This article is about the radio format. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Hip hop music is a style of popular music. ... Nu metal (also called aggro metal, or nü metal using the traditional heavy metal umlaut) is a musical genre that has origins in the mid 1990s. ... Main article: Emo Emocore (abbreviated from emotional hardcore) was a term that was used most popularly in the 1980s and 1990s to describe a genre of music that was an offshoot of the hardcore music scene. ... Teen pop or Swedish pop is a genre of music which is marketed to preteens and teenagers. ... A club is generally an association of people united by a common interest or goal, as opposed to any natural ties of kinship. ... jus like my ass For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Bebop or bop is a form of jazz which uses a fast tempo and complex improvisational techniques. ...


In sociology

Main article: Normal (behavior)

Mainstream pressure, through actions such as peer pressure, can force individuals to conform to the mores of the group (e.g., an obedience to the mandates of the peer group). Some have stated that they see mainstream as the antithesis of individuality. In behavior, normal means not deviating very much from the average. ... Peer pressure comprises a set of group dynamics whereby a group in which one feels comfortable may override personal habits, individual moral inhibitions or idiosyncratic desires to impose a group norm of attitudes and/or behaviors. ... Conformism is a term used to describe the suspension of an individuals self-determined actions or opinions in favor of obedience to the mandates or conventions of ones peer-group, or deference to the imposed norms of a supervening authority. ... Mores are strongly held norms or customs. ... Look up Obedience in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A peer group is a group of people of approximately the same age, social status, and interests. ... Individualism is a term used to describe a moral, political, or social outlook that stresses human independence and the importance of individual self-reliance and liberty. ...


Gender mainstreaming

Main article: Gender mainstreaming

Gender mainstreaming is the process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, including legislation, policies or programmes, in all areas and at all levels. ...

Mainstreaming in education

Mainstreaming in education is the practice of bringing students out of the isolation of special schools and into the “mainstream” of student life. Many students today attend regular schools first. If their needs cannot be met, then they would be moved to a special school. When mainstreaming started, special education is mandated in regular schools in order for students with special needs to adjust as quickly as possible to the mainstream of the school and community. Contrary to popular belief, students are not fully into the "mainstream" of student life because they are secluded to special education. On a happier note, inclusive education includes all individuals in all aspects of school-life. However, the concept of an inclusive education is not universally accepted. Mainstreaming in education is the process of integrating students who have special needs into regular school classes. ... A special school is a school catering to students who have special educational needs (SEN), for example, because of learning difficulties or physical disabilities. ... Special education is instruction that is modified or particularized for those students with special needs, such as learning differences, mental health problems, or specific disabilities (physical or developmental). ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...


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Mainstream - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (385 words)
Mainstream films can best be defined as commercial films that know a wide release and play in first run theatres (A movie theater that runs primarily mainstream film fare from the major film companies and distributors, during the initial release period of each film).
Mainstream suggests middle-of-the-road and implies commercial viability, sometimes implying that the commercial viability is tantamount to a loss of artistic creativity.
Mainstreaming in education, also known as inclusion, is the process of grouping disabled students with general education students in the classroom.
Mainstream Ventilation Systems For Manufactured Housing and Mobile Homes (400 words)
It is particularly suitable for elderly occupants who can not tolerate drafts, are concerned about the effects that poor ventilation has on health, and do not want to have to replace the bathroom fan every year.
Mainstreams meet and beat the strict HUD and even stricter Bonneville Power Authority codes for whole house ventilation systems.
The Mainstream is as simple as a traditional bathroom fan or as complete as an integrated, whole house ventilation system.
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