This is what we call a splash page, or brief introductory page, for new people first coming to the site.
Rolling over the links to the left changes the text in the viewing area to let you read a little about each major component of ZCom you may be interested in.
If you click any link to the left, you can go straight to that part of ZCom. Most users bookmark ZNet as the most comprehensive and efficient way to access our offerings regularly.
However, if you are using a mobile phone or tablet to access us, we recommend using ZMobile. It is more suited to small monitors!
ZNet has thousands of files and diverse facilities. The top page, linked from here, highlights especially the newest content.
Subsites focus on particular places in the world, such as Iraq and Venezuela, and on particular topics, such as International Relations and Ecology - as well as on Debates, Interviews, Books, and Vision and Strategy, particularly Participatory Economics, or Parecon for short.
Volunteers have translated ZNet articles into many languages including Spanish, Italian, Slovak, Turkish/Kurdish, German, Hindi, and more.
ZNet's Instructionals and ZSchool, and its blogs, forums, uploaded graphics, pictures, audio, video, and personal preference pages round out a selection of its features.
Z Magazine is a radical print and online periodical dedicated to resisting injustice, eliminating repression, and creating liberty. It addresses international relations, ecology, economics, gender, race, culture, politics, etc. 2007 is ZMag's twentieth anniversary year in print and it now also appears online for Z Sustainers.
The name, Z, was inspired by the movie Z, directed by Costa-Gavras, that tells the story of repression and resistance in Greece. Comrade Z has been assassinated and his killers, including the chief of police, are indicted. The prosecutor disappears and a right-wing military junta takes over. Security police set out to prevent "a mildew of the mind" and infiltration of "isms." As the closing credits roll, the filmmakers list the things banned by the junta. They include: peace movements, labor unions, long hair on men, Sophocles, Tolstoy, strikes, the Beatles, Chekhov, Mark Twain, the bar association, sociology, Becket, the free press, the new math, and the letter Z, scrawled on a sidewalk as the film's final image, symbolizing "the spirit of resistance lives."
Through ZSpace our users participate and innovate for the whole community.
All registered ZCom Free Members get free access to view all ZSpace contents including Comments, Blogs, Polls, Forums, the Mutual Aid System, and book and other preference materials. Each Free ZCom Member also receives four free email updates a month, including articles, site news, etc.
Beyond expanded viewing access, each member who gives ZCom a recurring donation becomes a Z Sustainer. Sustainers get a ZSpace page to upload a bio and photo, and to enter book and movie rankings into our database. Each Sustainer also gains additional ZSpace benefits depending on their donation level ranging from full access to ZMag online, a Z Commentary emailed nightly, commenting on all articles and blogs, and using the Mutual Aid and full Forum System, to having your own Blog system embedded within the ZCom community of blogs, posting book reviews, RSS options, and even discounts (up to 100%) on ZMag subscriptions, ZVideos, ZEO courses, and ZBooks, and many other benefits as well.
ZSustainers are users of ZCom who decide to donate to help us maintain and expand the operations. Sustainers donate amounts they choose, on a schedule they choose, by means they choose. Sustainers are what makes Z's work possible.
Sustainers receive, as a sign of our appreciation, various benefits such as a nightly commentary email, access to Z Magazine online, their own ZSpace page with uploading abilities for their graphics, articles, and even their videos, their own blog, unlimited forum and mutual aid access and posting, commenting on articles, blogs, and reviews, throughout the site, receipt of rss feeds, and even discounts on Z subscriptions, ZVideos, ZSchool course offerings, and other store items.
We hope regular users of our site and projects will help us keep growing so as to better meet the community needs of our users.
The Z Media Institute or ZMI occurs nearly annually - but not in 2013 - in early June. About 65 students attend, ranging in age from high school to retirees, and in experience from new activists to long-time revolutionaries.
ZMI is held in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. Each day includes four or five class sessions and a nighttime lecture chosen from many offerings. ZMI prepares students to work with all media and focuses as well on activism and related analyis, vision, and strategy. Those attending leave ZMI feeling better informed, better motivated, and better connected to make activist and/or media contributions.
ZEO, standing for Z Education Online is an endeavor we conducted some years back.
The hope was that ZEO would be a kind of online school with dozens of courses and faculty, four ten week sessions a year, extensive software for lectures, class interactions, etc., student evaluations, very low fees, and many more features. The trouble was, folks just didn't seem sufficiently interested
ZBlogs is an extensive system of writers' and sustainers' offerings. Each regular ZCom writer gets his or her own blog system. Each Sustainer does too. All posts are linked from the writer's and Sustainer's ZSpace pages. There is also a compendium blog of all writers, one of all Sustainers, and one that encompasses both. There are blog sub systems by topic and place, linked from throughout ZCom. All together, ZBlogs includes contributions from thousands of people, accessible by person, topic, place, and type, with commenting throughout.
ZForums is a huge system readable by all users but in which only writers and sustainers can post questions, comments, answers, etc. The forums are arranged by topic, place, and type, as well as by who hosts with particular writers like Chomsky, Albert, etc., addressing questions put to them. There is also a mutual aid system where people can get help regarding all manner of needs from travel housing, organizing or life tips, contacts, jobs, and much more.
Founded in 2000 as a way to distribute talks and classes from Z Media Institute, Z Video Productions has expanded to bring important talks from other venues as well as documentaries and interviews. We now have more than 60 titles on DVD, including talks by Noam Chomsky, Michael Albert, bell hooks, Howard Zinn, Arundhati Roy, Hugo Chavez, and many more.
Viewer comments indicate that the videos have been a very effective medium for understanding many of the topics found in Z Magazine and on ZNet. In some respects they have proven more accessible — for example, Noam Chomsky's humor and casual speaking style, the dynamism of Hugo Chavez, and the atmosphere of an evening session at the World Social Forum in Mumbai, India.
The ZVideo site online includes decriptions of all our videos, with easy search, plus, in some cases, excerpts to view. For those who would like to submit videos for the ZVP catalog, send them to Z Video Productions, 18 Millfield Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543.
South End Press (1978) was founded to raise consciousness about class, gender, race, and power and to provide information, analysis, and vision to help activism. Z Magazine (1987) aimed to bring more diverse information more often and to increase the visibility of writers and illustrators. In ZCom, we added ZNet and ZTranslations, ZMI, ZVideo, and most recently ZEO and ZSpace including new ZBlogs and ZForums.
Z Magazine was founded by Michael Albert and Lydia Sargent. Lydia in turn initiated ZVideo and works overwhelmingly on ZMag and ZVideo. Michael initiated ZNet and works overwhelmingly on web operations. Eric Sargent joined in the late 1980s and works on Z Magazine and ZVideo. Andy Dunn (ZMI 1994) joined in 2003 and works on Z Magazine and ZVideo. Chris Spannos (ZMI 2001) joined in 2006, working on ZNet. Everyone works on ZMI.
ZCom also gets volunteer help. Brian Dominick (ZMI 1994) helped design and program ZNet. Justin Podur and Stephen Shalom have assisted editorially for years. Other volunteers work on some watch pages and especially and with great devotion and energy on Z Translations.
Z Is a multifaceted and complex project.
The Full ZCom addresses ZNet, ZMag, ZSpace, the store, and so on all comparably. It provides all content efficiently, facilitates all interactions evenly. You can get nearly anywhere and engage in nearly all interactions offered, right from the top page of ZNet, for example, and indeed, from anywhere in the site. The menus are rich, the options front and center.
However, at first glance, some users may find the full site layout a bit overwhelming in its diversity, scope, and range of choices presented. The overall design and navigation is optimal once one gets used to it on a desktop, but it does not work well on a small screen phone or tablet, for example. And for some folks, even on a desktop the full site offers too much, at least initially, to get just a first taste.
To remedy both difficulties, we provide ZMobile, also called ZEasy offering the most direct possible access to each day's new content, and aven elements of past content. Try it. We think you will prefer it on your mobile device, and perhaps sometimes on your desktop, though we hope in time the full ZCom will appeal more.