Media Systems Dependency Theory

Media Systems Dependency Theory

Media systems dependency theory (MSDT), or simply "media dependency," was developed by Sandra Ball-Rokeach and Melvin DeFleur in 1976. The theory ties together the interrelations of broad social systems, mass media, and the individual into a comprehensive explanation of media effects. At its core, the basic dependency hypothesis states that the more a person depends on media to meet needs, the more important media will be in a person's life, and therefore the more effects media will have on a person.


Read more about Media Systems Dependency Theory:  Three Types of Needs, Two Conditions of Heightened Needs, Effects, The Macrolevel of Dependency, Criticisms

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