The power of distraction is not to be underestimated. Politicians always try to divert the public attention in order to prevent uncomfortable questions from being asked.
Take the US for instance. the question of Gay rights and the right to Abortion (pro life vs pro choice) has long been at the fore front of most pre-election debates and campaign speeches. Subtle collusion between campaigners have led bigger and more problematic questions such as health care and the economy to the back seat of the people’s conscience.
That is, of course, until the recent election, where the pressure was just too great for health care or the economy not to be discussed. But it was still talked about only in a very superficial respect. And months after Obama came into power, little is yet seen in terms of concrete ‘solutions’ to these problems.
Mobile phone bans and pornography restriction always manage to get our panties up in a bunch. We see them as things that threaten our most fundamental of rights. The right to freedom. Be it to speak, to jerk-off or whatever. It is much the same with abortion or gay rights; two relatively unimportant issues that are sufficiently debatable enough to create strong public discourse, thus deterring the attention of the ‘intellectual classes’ from more important subjects like corruption and the economic future of the country.