Far more than being simply a source for news and current events, newspapers and other mass media outlets provide a voice for the people as well as a place where officials can be held accountable and questioned by any and all citizens.
Time appears to be running out on Obama's long-term plan for progressive change. So it's no surprise, according to polls, that many Americans are pretty jaded about "hope and change," his original brand from 2008.
In essence, the question would be asked, if violence is to be divorced from entertainment, then why not also the presentation of drugs (for the children's sake)? Or sex (let's stop STDs)? Or religion (we can't risk inflaming violence)?
Social media platforms such as Twitter and Facebook are being utilized more and more by journalists, activists and citizens as a medium for news and information. Yet, this still has a long way to go before it can be considered a feasible alternative to mainstream media.
While it is evident how China has been developing a distinctive domestic approach to the Internet and the role of media in society more generally, whether and how the ideas informing this approach are spreading is far less clear.
Given that Bush has grounded the ship of state on an iceberg turned loose by global warming, the failure to hold Palin up to the same standards as any other vice presidential candidate would be an act of gross irresponsibility.