Our social contract with the news business is that they hold the powerful to account. In return, we buy the products of news outlets, and give news professionals certain protections, like the U.S. First Amendment and shield laws.
Sometimes, we just need to unplug. No firing off text messages. No updating Facebook profiles. No browsing Craigslist or Yelp or whatever-hot-new-site is trending on Twitter.
Anyone who runs anything, that is, any governing entity, should normally operate in the "culture of participation" mode.