Do you know what's going on right now in Venezuela? I have relatives and friends over there, so I've been aware for a while that we are seeing a dictatorship in the making (if not already made.) It's a very long story, but basically the current president is fighting with all means at his disposal, whether they be legal or not, to undermine a recall election. The recall election is constitutionally mandated and yet it seems that everything is being done to undermine it's legitimacy. Here is more, if you are interested.
It's just another story on the world stage, but it's different when you personally know people who are going through it.
Score another point for blogs. It's just like what we all say: I had a hard time following what was going on in Venezuela until I decided to look for some blogs in English. Now, I am able to follow events at level of detail, individual perspective, and in terms of personal accounts far beyond what conventional media had been able to provide me.