The Advertiser, which is an Australian journal, has referred to US bloggers as having "freedom of screech." Using the rants bloggers tend to sink to, especially over the California recall, the article went on to explain:
"Like the Sunday soapbox speakers at London's Hyde Park Corner, blogs are platforms for self-anointed pundits, providing online journals that can be updated throughout the day. Like most corners of the Internet, the quality of blogs varies tremendously from the terribly erudite to the barely literate."
It's a good article that concludes with this observation: "...the sheer volume of content online means you may have to hunt around to find something worthwhile."