[Stanford, California] : Stanford Law School, 
Video — 1 videodisc (62 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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.