I had dinner with a local tonight. She told me how she grew up being taught not to talk about politics, religion, or bald people. Those were the three things people didn't talk about with each other. Not even really within families.
News shows will talk more about gossip rather than actual news here. Example: if a politician is talking about an important matter but pronounces something wrong while doing so, the news will talk more about the mispronunciation than the subject matter at hand. There is no platform to get people thinking or encourage opinions or change. There is no platform to even really show people who do. So no one really has the power to make change in the society here.