After watching Obama’s first “Open for Questions” session
Old political communications model:
Elect a “conservative” president who maintains a sphinx-like presence.
Rely upon “journalists” and pundits acceptable to Rupert Murdock, G.E. and the corporate owned media along with talking heads from bought-and-paid-for right wing think tanks to blather 24/7 cable TV spin on public events.
Call this “democracy.” (Heimlich maneuver may be necessary at this point.)
New communications model:
Elect a progressive president interested in direct contact with citizens and who’s willing to speak AND listen.
Bypass the carefully selected, well paid, reliable corporate spin doctors. Instead, use a variety of means -- town halls, talk show visits, internet chats, and new media – to frame and motivate public deliberation and debate.
Celebrate modest steps toward a revival of citizen-based democracy.
Prepare for blasts of hot air from those who’ve profited from the Old model.
Probably too utopian, but I’m like that.