is now live. WAY began with these emails in response to the threat
of a more intensified war on Iraq.
or weblog, is a personal Web site updated frequently with links,
commentary and anything else you like. New items go on top and older
items flow down the page. Blogs can be political journals and/or
personal diaries; they can focus on one narrow subject or range across a
universe of topics. The blog form is unique to the Web -- and highly
addictive. ( Well, we can do without any more addictions but...
I migrated toward WAY because I:
1) didn't want you to feel that I was badgering you. Your choice now.
2) wanted to reach more people. I don't believe WAY is going to stop
this war, or global exploitation, or attack on civil liberties...But I
do believe that, if each person does something, we can stop
3) wanted to give support to others, especially people on the ground or
on the front-line. There are folks around the world, often isolated,
waging some brave struggles.
4) wanted to give others a podium for their voices. pMachine,
the system being used, facilitates publishing in lots of ways.
5) believe the best
news, in the US, is to be found on the internet. And "bloggers"
can usually point you in the right direction.
Now, it so happens that a more intense war could develop any time. And I
have to spend the next two-three weeks on the road. Not the best time
for me to launch this publication. But well manage and here's how:
1) pMachine gives me the ability to predate posts so Ill have some in
the hopper just waiting for the day to roll around.
2) you can contribute. If there are issues you care about and you agree
(or disagree, for that matter), in general, with WAY, then write
something up. Opinion (op) pieces are okay but its best if there are a
couple of references, both to give context and to give readers options.
Unless researched articles, most posts can be short, 50-500 words, with
links to groups and/or news sources.
3) posts, if possible, should point the way toward some action. I
personally like analyses but have watched some bloggers blog themselves
and others to blogdom come. For myself, moreover, I will be working hard
on other projects this summer. No time. And if there's full-blown war,
there'll be more need for resistance and civil disobedience, as Arundhati
Roy suggests, than word-spinning.
4) in time, other authors will be able to post directly to WAY. Right
now, just email me. I hope to at least be able to check email every
couple of days. Other tools, like archives and search, will also be
What am I forgetting? I don't know. I wish I did, though. Oh, pass the
and check it out: www.what-ails-you.com