An interesting blog, Ben! Well written (as always) and compellingly argued. I think it provides us with some excellent fodder for debate! For example, I am intrigued with your suggestion that "Spectacle is good for politics. It’s good for government. More engaged, more educated voters make better decisions..." I agree that spectable is good for media, but I'm not sure at all that it leads to more engaged or more educated voters. In fact, I think it might turn many voters off. But let's have lunch and argue that! ;~) Well done!