Browsing the local magazine newsstand over the weekend, I was struck by how many "Dangerous Ideas" are out there in the business, political and cultural worlds, ready for public consumption. On the cover of FORTUNE magazine, for example, there was a suggestion that maybe - just maybe - it's time to legalize marijuana.
On the cover of New York Magazine, there was an alarming transmogrification of the iconic Shepard Fairey image of Barack Obama with the word "HATE" inserted instead of the word "HOPE."
Are these dangerous ideas a sign o' the times for media publications, which must use any means necessary to sell issues to a declining readership? Or is it an even deeper indication that America, after a long and bruising economic recession, is searching for solutions and ideas -- even if those ideas are, in essence, dangerous?