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.
Justin Podur's Blog
Web Address: http://www.zcommunications.org/zspace/justinpodur Bio:
Justin Podur is a writer and editor for ZNet (www.zmag.org), part of Z Communications, an alternative media organization dedicated to political analysis and support for movements for social change.... (More)
Now, I can't honestly say that "Borat" was the worst movie ever because, well, I didn't get through the entire movie. By the 40th intolerable minute of it, I walked out.
Let me say up front - I am no prude. And while I am sensitive to racism and sexism in pop culture, I am not so sensitive that I can't enjoy it. I enjoyed the South Park movie and laughed very, very hard through many of the songs. I thought 'Team America: World Police' was funny, including the final monologue. I think Eminem is talented.
But Borat? Borat, and all the other characters done by the same actor, is garbage. Ali G is straightforward blackface. Borat, on the other hand, is Kazakhface. There seems to be a lot of buzz in the media about the brilliance of Borat. This actor, Cohen, exposes the hypocrisy, the racism, the antisemitism, in America. I don't buy it. The main target of Cohen's mockery is his own character. It's clear in the structure and setup of every joke. It's not exposing US racism to have the Kazakh bring a bag of shit to the dinner table. Or to show the Kazakh washing his clothes in a pond in Central Park. Or to show the two Kazakhs wrestling naked over a long period of time, ending up in sexual positions. It's basic scatological humor, cliche, no cleverness or wit or talent at all that I could see.
The other thing was that it just wasn't funny.