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A typically pejorative term for behaviour perceived as a retreat from the problems, routines, and tensions of everyday reality by seeking distraction or relaxation in entertainment or fantasy (see also catharsis). The term was first recorded in 1933. Schramm lists escape as one manifestation of the entertainment function of (mass) communication (see also diversion function). For the Frankfurt school, the entertainment function of the mass media was reducible to escapism: Adorno argued that it diverted the working class from thinking about their oppression.

Subjects: Literature — Media Studies.

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