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)
What the hell? Reagan, one of the least popular presidents, one of the dumbest presidents, and one of the most morally vile preseidents in American history (which is saying a whole lot) is celebrated in death like no other president since Kennedy was assassinated, or maybe even since Roosevelt. What does this mean. Would anyone have complained had he died with a notice in the news, like the ones for Johnson, Nixon, or Ford? (Wait, are they all dead, or not? Do you even know? Does it matter to you?) So...what is going on?
My guess is that this is media muscle-flexing for Bush, as compared to efforts in recent weeks more or less undermining Bush. If so, it's a scary foreboding of things to come.
Nearly all capitalists would like Bush re-enthroned to carry out his agenda of obliterating remaining domestic redistributive social programs while enshrining the rule of U.S. international military power, supposing that he can do this successfully. But many of these wannabe Bush supporters worry that he can't do it successfully, in their terms, and that Bush and his coterie will engender so much popular opposition as to risk rollback against elite interests. A few even honestly worry about international dissolution, ecological calamity, etc.
In either event, Kerry wining the election seems to depend mightily on media machinations during the election end game. If corporate elites (and thus the media) are pretty evenly split, Kerry will win rather easily because sanity will surface in sufficient sectors of the public. For example, imagine in the run up to the election the government finds bin Laden and while some media celebrate Bush as a warrior genius, others ask aggressively why it took so long, and say who cares anyway since bin Laden is no longer in command and Bush is an idiot, and so on. On other hand, with a different attitude among corporate owners, the same findings could be trumpeted as evidence that Bush is the reincarnation of each person's own image of perfection and, in any event, provides reason for only one possible choice, a resounding vote for Bush. With an overwhelming media bias toward Bush, it will be very hard for Kerry to win. With a mixed media message, he should come out on top, it seems to me.
I fear that the gigantic outpouring for Reagan may be a clear indicator that a lot more elites have got to become fearful of the consequence of a Bush victory if there is to be media evenhandedness this Fall, and thus a Kerry victory. Which says, I think, for those leftists interested in the election, that building movements against war and injustice is, as usual, more important, even just to the election, than adding a few more voices saying vote Kerry.