A place for public debate

While watching syndicated news networks last night to follow the Congressional health care vote, it dawned upon me how shallow all the discussion was. I know, I know, this is not news. But it is news to me, since I don’t usually watch such networks, and haven’t for a very long time.

Reflecting on this a little more, I realized how intellectually impoverished our society really is. Where can the public go for real, substantive, effective debate? The press only allows for sound bites. Important issues are considered impolite conversation in mixed groups. Election-time debates are usually never that, but an hour long ritual where people repeat the same arguments they repeated on the last election cycle, with more recent political errors (and there are always enough for every party to use against the other) inserted to replace the ones from the last term.

What do we have left? The Internet?