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.
Michael Albert's Blog
Web Address: http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/malbert Bio:
Michael Albert is a founder and current member of the staff of Z Magazine as well as staff of Z Magazine`s web system: ZCom (www.zmag.org). Albert`s radicalization occurred during the 1960s. His po... (More)
The fourth student likes the ideas that, First, “participatory consumers must weigh the benefits of consumption requests against the sacrifices required to produce them.” Second, “participatory consumers must distinguish reasonable consumption requests from ones that are excessive or overly modest” (Albert 123). The first is what really caught my attention, so given that preferences are neither fixed nor entirely internal to the individual—“real people's preferences arise in social interaction” (Albert 125)—my question is, what would be an effective institutional design to achieve this end.
Fair enough… But then the student adds…
> His participatory councils, regardless of how nested they may be, sound hopelessly inefficient.
No reason is given…no response to the book's dealing with such concerns in many places is offered. So I have to reply…why does the student ignore the text being discussed? I have this query throughout, regrettably…
Then the student says:
>So, within a market system:
So, with that one phrase about inefficiency above – “hopelessly inefficient” (not even clear at what) -- the student has returned to markets despite their being horrible in establishing wrong valuations, compelling anti social behavior, imposing class division and rule, and so on.
And the student asks: “How can consumers receive accurate information about the sacrifices required to produce a good?” in a market system.
In a market system the incentives and motives operate in the opposite direction. Only ameliorative reforms can help…
> What incentives can we create to encourage the self-interested consumer to take into account the costs of these sacrifices (in markets)? How can we tap into the normative structures that make normal people avoid acting with cruelty in face-to-face interactive (in markets)?
How can we make a tree fly – is not too different than how can we make market buyers and sellers behave in accord with respecting the conditions of others. Why does the student feel it is okay to ignore – rather than make a case against – the critique of markets in the book, I wonder.