Permissible Speech

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Hajdu underlines the outsider status of comic book creators in the ‘40s and ‘50s. He states that they felt that “in comics they could express a sentiment and a sensibility that wasn’t welcome elsewhere. They felt that comics was a place where they were welcome.”

What is the status of the intellectual or polemic outsider in 2008? What speech today falls outside the realm of permissible discourse – that is, what we call “the mainstream media,” e.g., The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, etc.?

Noam Chomsky comes to mind right away. He is completely absent from the mainstream media.

What do you think?