Bloggers serve as the pamphleteers of the 21st century. In this service they follow a long, distinguished line of American writers.
Alexander Hamilton, who almost single-handedly invented the American system of finance, often wrote polemical pieces under various pseudonyms. Hamilton was a genius (brilliance is not measurable; you either are or you are not brilliant) in various categories. His temperament also mirrored the tortured psyche of an abandoned immigrant, leading to his rash proposals of duels for which he was habitually unprepared.
Still, a bull seeking his own fatal china closet, Hamilton produced some of the most persuasive pieces of pamphleteering in American history. His writings were often criticized as one-sided, injurious, even libelous; perhaps so, but Hamilton wrote to the point and was seldom dull.
Perhaps the best known American pamphleteer was Ben Franklin. During the throes of the Revolution, Franklin wrote that to call King George III of England "a crowned brute" was "unfair to brutes."
The most famous of American pamphleteers also wrote that "an honest man is worth all the crowned ruffians who ever lived." Persons reading these sayings were shocked, even outraged.
Bloggers are the new American pamphleteers.
Bloggers are the new American muckrakers. Upton Sinclair and Lincoln Steffens opened windows of illumination to various oppressive labor policies. Their writing fell for short of the Shakespearean; it incited public outrage and eventual change.
Ethicists sometimes opine the depth of refinement in a culture is directly proportional to its ability to offer succor across distances of time, space and social barriers. Bloggers reach across time, space and social restrictions. Some decry the strident pronouncements of various writers. We would do well to remember that one man's fit is another man's Temple Cleansing.