The internet era, now past fifteen years in existence, has witnessed an explosion of information available to virtually everyone. Never before in the history of man has information been available with such convenience, speed, quantity — and sometimes quality. While real research has to start with good old-fashioned books and original source materials, the world wide web is invaluable to anyone who wants to start to research virtually any topic. The Internet is the greatest invention since Gutenberg’s first printing press — American bourbon and Guinness, notwithstanding.
The blog — a shortening of “weblog” — has become one of the more powerful tools available to anyone with an Internet connection. For no cost, a blog can be created where someone can express their opinion on any subject, literally. The greatest attraction for most, I presume, is the lack of editorial control, the ability to write any way you want without the interference of a “well-meaning” editor who knows better than you.
A great sign of the times we live in is the prevalence of this marvelous tool. Bloggers write, pontificate, opine, and report on anything and everything. We mainly do it for the fun, but we can also make a difference if we try. The top five blogs in the 2005 Wizbang Weblog Awards for Best Latino, Caribbean, or South American Blog listed below have demonstrated just that — and the world is a better place for it.
Two Venezuelan websites, chronicling the disintegration of that country under the conniving castro clone, won 1st and 2nd Place. Hearty and heartfelt congratulations go out to them. In 3rd place, The Real Cuba: a website that is truly doing God’s work by exposing the truth about the islita where I (and Val) were born. Jorge, you deserve the honor for sticking with it and sticking it to them — and you know who “them” are!
Your humble servants, came in fourth place. Not great, but it doesn’t suck either. Here are the top five Blogs.
- The Devil’s Excrement – 28.32% (2343 votes)
- Vcrisis – 16.56% (1370 votes)
- The Real Cuba – 16.13% (1334 votes)
- BabaluBlog – 14.66% (1213 votes)
- Latino Issues – 12.43% (1028 votes)
Congratulations, guys and see you next year!