The people taking advantage of Internet resources appear primarily to be scholars, activists and information junkies. "I'm not sure the average person watching The Bachelorette and not caring about the news is going to be saying, 'Let me check out the blogs,'" said Sree Sreenivasan, a Columbia University professor of online journalism.
Nonetheless, the GulfWire e-mail newsletter, which features articles and commentary from U.S. and foreign media, has seen greater interest from "average folks" since the Sept. 11 attacks, said editor-in-chief Patrick Ryan.
There had been similar use of the Internet for information during recent U.S. military campaigns, with sites like WorldNetDaily getting regular firsthand accounts as bombs dropped on Serbian homes in 1999.
This is actually an article from March, but I still found it interesting, and with all of the information that gets reported daily, easily missed by a lot of bloggers.
Update: Also see this for the Top 10 Underground Bloggers according to Right Wing News. No matter where you fit on the spectrum, knowing and understanding how others think and model the world is essential in truly understanding your own.
Update: CNN gets in on the blogging going mainstream tip.