Date: Thu, 4 Sep 1997 11:13:38 -0400

From: Gregory {Greg} Downing downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]IS2.NYU.EDU

Subject: Re: FAMILY NAME (film review); Media-cracy

At 10:21 AM 9/4/97 -0400, you (Barry Popik) wrote:


Media-cracy is a combination of "media" and "democracy" made to sound

like "mediocrity."

I've seen it before in the Daily News, and it's in today's Daily News, 3

September 1997, pg. 41, col. 4:

JANE LEEVES: Faults tabloid media-cracy for Diana's death.

Media-cracy is not in the HDAS H-O. Has it caught on recently?

I don't know if the word was coined there or not, but _Mediacracy_ is the

title of a Kevin Phillips book (1975). I've seen the word a few times in the

popular press in the last year or two. Someone with access to NEXIS may wish

to search it.

Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]