process of introducing a new product or production method into commerce

Commercialization is the process of managing or running something principally for financial gain.

Does the rampant commercialization of all aspects of American society... matter for... the fulfillment of our telos [ultimate object or aim]? I believe it does. ~Jeffrey Sachs


  • By reducing our movement for liberation to a system of commercial products and institutions—bars, publications, gyms, fashions, cruises, ... we become accomplices in an economic system that causes untold suffering for others. Not surprisingly, these others fail to see us as comrades in the struggle for justice.
    • Richard Cleaver, Know My Name: A Gay Liberation Theology (1995), p. 35
  • Much of what ails our media system stems from its extreme commercialism. The always-controversial Trump was irresistible for ratings-driven news outlets, and their endless profit-seeking helped legitimize a dangerous politics... Media are beholden to their owners and to the advertisers who pay them.
  • During the past decade there has been a rapid increase in the number of private providers of education in many developing countries, with many schools and educational establishments not being registered and being funded and managed by individual proprietors or enterprises... As a result, education is being commercialized and for-profit education is flourishing as an attractive business, with scant control by pubic authorities.
  • Tolkien has become a monster, devoured by his own popularity and absorbed into the absurdity of our time. The chasm between the beauty and seriousness of the work, and what it has become, has overwhelmed me. The commercialization has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing. There is only one solution for me: to turn my head away. They eviscerated the book by making it an action movie for young people aged 15 to 25.

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