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Partisanship and the new economics of the media : a lunch presentation with David Westin, former president of ABC News / Rock Center for Corporate Governance, Stanford University.


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[Stanford, California] : Stanford Law School, [2011]
  • Video
  • 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Held April 29, 2011 at Stanford Law School. Sponsored by the Rock Center for Corporate Governance
Speaker: David Westin.
David Westin describes the evolution of television 24 hour news channels, such as Fox, that have become wildly popular. He discusses the powerful financial incentives that the very structure of the cable news business provides for political extremes. Incentives on the Internet may be similar. If the medium is the message, then the medium today may be directing the message in ways that can have profound implications for public discourse and the political process. If these trends continue, then the over-representation of hyper-partisan views in the media may be pre-ordained, not because of ideology, but because of economics. Put together with structural incentives for politicians to appeal to the extremes, the effect may well be to skew decision-making in ways that don't accurately reflect where the people overall want to go.
DVD video.
Westin, David, speaker.
Rock Center for Corporate Governance sponsor.
Stanford University. School of Law.

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