About my Weblog
I love the weblog form. A literary form that is arising with the Net as the novel arose with
the printing press. What is a weblog? Links with annotations, presented
chronologically with the most recent items at the top, with archives.
This simple format combines the public
with the personal. The ability to link to each item enable asynchronous conversation. The date stamp creates a log, a journal.
I do classic weblogging here. Links and quotes from a site plus my own little raves. It has its
ty, its quirkiness, the character
of the blogger is there in every post. It is also linked to the particularity of my geography - to New Zealand.
At first glance a weblog with an address like mine Psybernet might seem like it
is about being angry with your ex-lover or healing childhood
wounds. Admirable as these topics are (I mean it, I am a psychotherapist)
they are not on my mind as I log away here. It is subtly more strange.
I have a sense of doing what I half tongue-in-cheek call having the Internet
on the couch.
How does one do that? It is an ambitious enterprise. I am an avid reader
of James Hillman, who is hot on seeing through things psychologically.
It is clear that psychologically is NOT personally, socially, politically,
religiously or medically. What is it then? Jung in his book Aion said
he was putting the last 2000 years of human history on the couch, what
a task to set one's self. He looked into grand themes which looked like
the dreams of the universe, hence he has a chapter on UFOs and one on
Nostradamus. With weblogs the enterprise is much easier, the Net is not
reticent! The last 2000 years were not either but they were not searchable
in Jung's day, more and more they are. With the Internet, as history is
made it is searchable and sociometric - there is a web of links which
are mostly quantifiable. The question of what it is to see psychologically
still hangs there. To quote some words I like from a page
on my own aging website "Patiently in the Present. Mindful... aware, seeing
into the patterns of life, valuing experience, with loving attention..."
Add to that the words deep, image, soul and dream and that sketches the
What are the dreams of the Internet? What are its complexes? What is
its mood, identity? What is the depth of the World WIDE Web? It takes
a sort of immersion and connection to sense these things, and then some
skill to present them back to the net. I may have some of these qualities
but doing a weblog I link before I write. So how the web is indexed
and presented in search engines and in a myriad of other ways is on the
agenda here. All the soulful topics of noospheres and online spirituality
I treat as dreams of the net. The etymology of the buzz words are like
Freudian slips. The political trends and fights are like the personal
conflicts in families.
And how can this have any objectivity? What constitutes a valid analysis?
Analysis and objectivity are strange words for what happens in psychotherapy and strange in this
weblog as well. It usually means looking at something from a long way
away, but in psychotherapy it is the opposite. Objectivity comes through connection,
relating. "When the patient's neurosis manifests its self in the relationship
with the doctor the healing begins." Freud said something like that somewhere.
It is through presentation of myself that the principle tool (me) is also
open to view. I do not intend to present a stream of consciousness or
a personal confession but there is enough... so that just as I strive
for an insider's view of the Net, others can have an insider's view with
me, also knowing who they are exploring with. That way you can make allowances
for my insights.
It is that sense of being with others in this endeavour that is delectable.
I am on mailing lists, in a virtual community and in private email and
f2f discussions which means that while I blog here I have solitude and
company at the same time. A delight. It may all sound a bit grand, and
maybe I aspire that way, but basically it is a humble blog.
Saturday, 8 June, 2002, edited slightly Thursday, 23 January, 2003
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