Best Australian Blogs:
- Somebody Think of the Children - Michael Meloni's blog has been the definitive resource on the Australian Government's ridiculous policy decision to introduce mandatory internet filtering.
- TV Tonight - Maintained by television writer and commentator David Knox, this is essential reading for anyone interested in the Australian media.
- Skepticlawyer -Skepticlawyer (Helen Dale) and Legal Eagle joined forces in May this year and have regularly delivered intelligent and occasionally provocative posts on law and philosophy.
- Corporate Engagement - The move to Crikey Blogs gave a new life to Trevor Cook's Corporate Engagement.
- Stilgherrian - Smart, funny and occasionally outrageious this is one of the most original contributions to the Australian blogosphere.
Best International Blogs:
- The Fix - This blog from the Washington Post was the best place to go to find news about the US Presidential election this year.
- TV Newser - This blog has continued without its founding editor, Brian Stelter, but it continues to have all the inside stories on the US television news media.
- Read Write Web - Although there are many, many tech blogs around, Read Write Web is my favourite largely because it offers more a little more depth of analysis than most of its rivals.
- Wall Street Journal Law Blog - One of the best blawgs going around, made all the better by the fact it is accessible to lawyers and non-lawyers alike.
- Thompson on Hollywood - Written by Variety.com deputy editor Anne Thompso, I find myself more in tune with her reactions and thoughts on films than my previous favourite Hollywood bloggers David Poland and Jeff Wells.
- This American Life - Somehow I only got around to listening to this award-winning radio show in the second half of this year, and even since then I have been hooked.
- Slate's Cultural Gabfest - As a long time fan of Slate's Political Gabfest, I was very pleased when they launched the Culture Gabfest in April of this year.
- Stephen Fry's Podgrams - The podgrams of English actor, comedian and geek Stephen Fry are delightfully witty and insightful.
- NPR It's All Politics - NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Political Editor Ken Rudin deliver a comprehensive weekly round up of all the latest US political news in a way that is both entertaining and revealing. I listen to a lot of American political podcasts each week and this was regularly the most engaging and original of them all.
- Hamish and Andy - After Get This finished in 2007 it took me a while to find a new Australian podcast that made me regularly smile and occasionally laugh out loud, but to my surprise Hamish and Andy did exactly that.
- Twitter - In my end-of-year wrap last year I said that I wasn't sure if I really "got" Twitter. I am happy to say that not only do I now "get" Twitter, I love it. Twitter is not just a way to post information (much of which is fairly mundane), it is a wonderful way to connect with other people. The Twitter community is vibrant and informed, and it has been exciting to engage with that community this year.
- Real Clear Politics - 2008 was a huge year of US politics and this site was the best way to stay across the latest news and opinion scattered around the internet.
- Netvibes - Netvibes became my preferred homepage this year.
- Techeme - The best place to find the latest tech news.
- Slate - John Dickerson's daily pieces on the US election alone made this online magazine a site worth visiting every day.