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    'Mainstreaming'

    What does it mean to 'mainstream' something? An example would help too.

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    Re: 'Mainstreaming'

    I don't think "mainstream" is used as a verb. It's a noun and here's its meaning:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong please!
    sara


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    Re: 'Mainstreaming'

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnes View Post
    What does it mean to 'mainstream' something? An example would help too.
    Mainstream has a similar meaning to popular.

    It is often used to describe music.

    Popular music, music found in the charts (pop music), is considered mainstream because it has a large following and appeals to the majority. It is conventional.

    Here is a piece of text quoted form an online Guardian (British newspaper) article regarding the Danish pop group "Alphabeat"

    The song was certainly defiantly mainstream

    It suggests that the song was proudly mainstream. It was proud to be conventional and conform to accepted, tried and tested, norms.

    Non-mainstream is the complete opposite.

    The word can describe a large number of different things: philosophy, medicine, films, etc, etc.

    I am not a teacher.


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    Re: 'Mainstreaming'

    Quote Originally Posted by sara88 View Post
    I don't think "mainstream" is used as a verb. It's a noun and here's its meaning:
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Someone can correct me if I'm wrong please!
    sara
    You're right.

    It must be a noun or an adjective.

    I am going to mainstream my music

    He mainstreamed his philosophy

    are both incorrect.

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