The media is often referred to as the “fourth estate”

 

The media is often referred to as the “fourth estate” or the fourth branch of government. 

1. It is the arena where the game of politics is played. If that is the case, could one exist without the other?

2. In other words, without the media, would politicians be able to do what they do? 

3. Without politics, would the mass media exist (the entertainment side notwithstanding)? 

4. What makes the media so powerful? With the growth of the social media, is that power shifting?