Last week, The New York Times carried an Op-Ed column by David Brooks entitled The End of Philosophy, about how we make moral and ethical choices. The thrust of the story was that new research from neuroscientists suggests that deep philosophical thinking has little to do with how we make such evaluative decisions, which appear to originate in the brain's emotional centers long before they become grounded in rational and deliberative thought processes.
On the same day the Op-Ed piece appeared, Ryan Lake, a grad student working on his Ph.D. in Philosophy responded with a web comic on his blog. Lake's commentary and serious criticism of the NY Times piece might have gone largely unnoticed, except for the fact that he encapsulated his criticism in the form of a comic.
Web comics represent just one example of post-modern media that expands the nature of the dialog with the mainstream press.