One of the problems with politics is that society's most pressing issues are usually enormously complex, and interconnected with countless other issues & situations.
Recently, I read a comment on a political article referencing the Lincoln-Douglas debate format of 60 & 90 minute intervals to each speak. Modern culture's short attention span makes it difficult to facilitate in-depth analysis of any technical subject to the masses.
A highly effective way people can quickly begin to conceptually overcome large amounts of information is through graphics.
On the excellent infosthetics.com, I saw a link to this interactive chart of global risks: