I think the problem is considerably worse than how Brooks frames it. It's not about an individual vs party-oriented balance in politics, it's about average people losing their voices to corporations and multi-millionaires. A perfect example of this is Comcast's recent acquisition of Time Warner cable. MSNBC, the so-called "liberal" news network mentioned NOWHERE on its broadcasts or website anything questioning the power behind such a media giant. Powerful moneyed interests are now the status-quo in our political system, and we're left arguing over the semantics behind their ownership of the system.
Great interview with John Hagerty of BBH and Ed Sanders from the Google Glass team. Partially about Glass, but mostly general thoughts about how companies should communicate... first through persuasion via storytelling and inspiration, then through promotion.
There's a nice argument from Hagerty about the importance of "fame" and why he thinks broadcast advertising is the only way to get it. I partially disagree -- the interactive films we've made for Arcade Fire aren't broadcast (although they do use film). What broadcast has is an easy media buy -- which is a huge advantage -- and he gets into that at the end of the program. Hard to argue with that thinking. Some good thoughts about mobile advertising too.