See this thread on EU Referendum forum for fun and frolics.
UPDATE: Not really intended as a comment on this topic, but relevent anyway, The England Project believes that blogging serves as a safety valve.
I’m willing to bet that a great many bloggers, many of them popular with wide readerships, started blogging because they were sick and tired of being force fed spin, obfuscation, lies and deliberate ignorance by the powerful or by those seeking to be powerful.
THAT, it is my firm belief, is why a significant number of people turned to political blogging. It’s the evolution of shouting at the TV screen.
This is interesting because it backs up Richard's idea of blogs being important for delivering a message, but also my idea of blogs as purely selfish devices to let off rage.
Meanwhile, Chris Dillow believes that Richard does have a point but then lays out the reasons why he believes that blogs are fundamentally different to the MSM (not whether they should be different).
For me, the ideal isn't to influence "important actors", but to abolish them - in both the MSM and in politics. And because this ideal is unattainable, the next best thing is to ignore them.
Interesting posts, both. Go read.