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the lowest common denominator

The portion of society that is the least sophisticated or has the lowest level of taste. The phrase is often used when referring to the market for what one perceives as a tacky product or a base form of entertainment. I want to go see a movie, but everything in the theater is for the lowest common denominator. Don't they make films for people who think anymore?
See also: common, denominator, low
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Instead of providing a platform to disseminate information, increasing numbers of websites have been created simply to appeal to the lowest common denominator with little or no regulation as to what appears on them.
Car speed limiters are not the answer to accidents, addressing only the lowest common denominator in driving.
McGruder's take-no-prisoners strip assails anyone who might possibly diminish American black culture, from disinterested politicians to celebrities catering to the lowest common denominator who cynically kowtow to base African-American stereotypes.
Given the timescale within which humanity will or will not avert the most catastrophic effects of climate change - effects which vary from dire to fatal for our species - this lowest common denominator approach to economics is unhelpful to say the least.
In what can only be described as a compilation of the lowest common denominator (well, maybe not that low) is Lowcard mag.
Encouragingly, rather than opt for lowest common denominator methods of commissioning and design, the Irish authorities have put the majority out to competition, thus raising architectural standards and presenting a younger generation of designers with a chance to tackle sizeable projects.
Businessman Alfred Zeuner, a practising Christian, argued against diluting aspects of society down to the lowest common denominator.
There's a danger, " Weitzner says, "that this kind of statute will reduce the speech of adults -- including gay adults -- to the lowest common denominator, the most conservative view of what's acceptable in the country.
As a result, they sink, by their group dynamic, to the lowest common denominator, which always means more government.
Wholesale managed services have been with us for years, but they are limited in that they provide lowest common denominator capabilities," said Kevin Nethercott, founder, president and COO at LignUp Corporation.
You certainly get your money's worth in a lowest common denominator kind of way.
It panders to the lowest common denominator and is as embarrassing as it is shallow.
Instead of providing a platform to disseminate information increasing numbers of websites have been created simply to appeal to the lowest common denominator with little or no regulation as to what appears on them.
Erco, the innovative German lighting company, was determined that its production complex should rise above such lowest common denominator thinking and commissioned the Frankfurt-based partnership of Schneider + Schumacher to design a new warehouse to augment its two existing production buildings.
I know, I know, lowest common denominator, but its new wave synth and canned drums are fucking hilarious.