nBlogs are web tools for dialogical communications with an audience that is capable of existing as an online community of shared interests, marketable skills, and needs for reliable comparative product information.
In an age of growing alienation and isolation, with people cynical and hostile toward corporate pension raiding, medical benefit cuts, offshore outsourcing, downsizing, oblivion to the suffering poor and aged, blogs can save the day.
Blogs can humanize corporations, by connecting them more closely with real humans and their real world problems.
Blogs are Dialogical
"By dialogical person we mean one who, by word or relationship, is in communication with his environment and open to the communication that environment offers, environment in this sense including both persons and things....
The dialogical person is a total, authentic person. He is one who responds to others with his whole being, and not with just a part of himself, and he is able to listen with his heart as well as his mind. He is really present...
The dialogical person is an open person, one who is known first by his willingness and ability to reveal himself to others, and, secondly, by his willingness and ability to hear and receive their revelation."
The Miracle of Dialogue
Reuel L. Howe
Here's what I'm reading as we enter February 2006:
Robert Scoble and Shel Israel
Hacking RSS and Atom
Leslie M. Orchard
Information Technology Control and Audit
[NOTE: The most expensive book--retail: $100.00]
Frederick Gallegos,CGFM, CISA, CDE
Sandra Senft, CISA, CIA
Daniel P. Manson, Ph. D.
Carol Gonzales, CISA
Marketing the e-Business
Lisa Harris and Charles Dennis
Creating Web Sites Bible (2nd edition)
David Crowder and Andrew Bailey
The Pursuit of Wow!
Credibility: how leaders gain and lose it, why people demand it
James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner
The Innovator's Dilemma: when new technologies cause great firms to fail
Clayton M. Christensen
Net Gain: expanding markets through virtual communities
John Hagell III and Arthur G. Armstrong
Beware the Naked Man Who Offers You His Shirt
Managing in the Next Society
Peter F. Drucker
Webmaster in a Nutshell
Stphen Spainhour and Robert Eckstein
Blog: understanding the information reformation that's changing your world
The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture
Shane Hipps (foreword by Brian McLaren)
Edna St. Vincent Millay
F'd Companies: spectacular dot-com flameouts
Philip J. Kaplan
A Derrida Reader: Between the Blinds
Edited by Peggy Kamuf
[signed] steven edward streight aka vaspers the grate