Blogs are a familiar feature on the internet - where users post content in an accumulating manner, with comments, and search options, etc. They facilitate expression and exploration, and via attached comments, also debate and synthesis.
Reading and Navigating Blogs
Our blogs are quite powerful. Each writer can post, as is typically the case. Sustainers who have the option can also post, however. All Blogs appear in the blog system, and sometimes also in content boxes the top page of ZNet - and always via the left menu of the top page - and can be found via searches, etc.
Commenting on blogs follows the blogs, attached at the bottom, and blog comments, like all others, are also visible in many places that show comments including in the forum system. In addition, the entire blog system gathers content for everyone - but one can look at the accumulating content in many ways.
For example one can look at one writer's efforts - so one is seeing what is effectively a blog system for that one writer, or Sustainer.
One can also look at the content by topic, seeing blogs that are tagged as being about a certain topic - or place, as well. Thus, when doing that, it is a blog system about a topic, or a place, with many contributors.
One can look at only writer blogs, or only sustainer blogs, as well.
One can look at blogs for particular Groups, too.
All this is easily done using the left menu. Searches allow even more variables and refinements.
Creating Blog Posts
If you are a Sustainer with permission, and are logged in, you will see a link in the left menu for you to post a blog - and you can use that to post one, and then tag it various ways (such as with a topic or place, or a group tag), and once you do, it is in the system with you as the author.
You can also use the console button to the left to post a blog - anytime and from anywhere in the site, as long as you are logged in.
Meanwhile, enjoy the blogs - and, by the way, if you are a Free Member or a Sustainer with a ZSpace page, of course you can put one or more content boxes on it, pulling blog links of any sort you may want to filter for, for example, by you or by your friends or by others - and by topic, about places, for groups, etc.
Used neutrally, the term "globalization" just refers to international integration.
Virtually no one is opposed to that, certainly not the left or the workers movements, which from their modern origins have been committed to international solidarity. The phrase "workers of the world unite" is a call for globalization. That's why every union is called an "international" -- the reality is far from hopes. More narrowly, the term is used for international economic integration. Put neutrally, few are opposed to that, though serious questions arise about the real costs and the benefits of trade -- questions raised by Keynes,
for example, who was in general in favor of domestic production (as was Adam Smith; that's the context in which he used the much misunderstood phrase "invisible hand" in Wealth of Nations), and international exchange mainly in ideas. In contemporary ideology of the past 20-25 years, the term "globalization" has been used to refer to a specific form of international economic integration, a
mixture of liberalization and protectionism, designed in the interests of the designers (not surprisingly), that is investors, financial institutions, etc., and the few powerful states linked to them. Naturally, many people -- probably the large majority of those who know anything about it -- are opposed to this form of international integration, and favor globalization oriented to the needs of people, not concentrations of private power. They have quite concrete proposals, but these are silenced by the corporate media; the case of NAFTA was quite dramatic in this respect, and reviewed in print, but next to unmentionable within the doctrinal systems. When the term "globalization" is used in this well-crafted propagandistic
sense, those who oppose "globalization" can be dismissed as primitives who want to return to the stone age, don't understand elementary economics, and other standard jeering and hysterics. And it is possible to evade the embarrassing fact that insofar as the rules of "globalization" have been followed, the results have generally been quite harmful -- though so little is understood about the international economy that it is not easy to establish causal relations. And so on.