Oliver Kamm writes in what he says is to be his last post of the year:
Conventional journalists criticise bloggers for being parasitic rather than investigative, and Pajamahadeen, with its metaphorical connotations of guerrilla warfare, scarcely dispels that suspicion. But — though I declare an interest, as a (non-conservative) blogger myself — I am an unabashed fan of the medium. It is admittedly a ready vehicle for dilettantes bearing grudges, and at its worst it attracts political obscurantists. But at its best it offers additional checks and balances on the flow of information.
Had there been an equivalent force in this country — a Pyjamahadeen to match the Pajamahadeen — the Hutton inquiry might not have been necessary. Concerted scrutiny on the internet of that notorious broadcast might have spared the BBC later embarrassment — and the rest of us Greg Dyke’s self-regarding memoir.
I truly believe that we are witnessing a sea change in how we get our news. As democracy continues to break out all over, it may have finally come to the media.