In a political culture that patronizes and confuses by design, talk has become less than cheap—it’s downright irrelevant and deceitful. Political campaigns now have all the elegance and elocution of mosh pits—pep rallies short on ideas, but fueled with pepper. Words of wisdom are chiseled to 140 characters—not entirely for the sake of economy, but rather inattention and emptiness. Snapchat and other tokens of modern culture disappear from both screen and mind. Talk is nothing but the white noise of television—repetitive and tedious, inanity masquerading as insight.