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Technical possibilities in new age

This is a draft of an article that was published in a special edition of the Journal of Group Analytics, March 2002.


There is little doubt that the Internet will continue to have an increasing effect on social interaction in the new millennium. Yet the Internet remains widely misunderstood. It is seen by many as merely a new technology of communication. However, it is in point of fact many different types of medium, offering a rich array of enhancements to the forms our communication can take, and about which considerable research has already been done. This research is useful for the Group Analyst in preparing for the technical possibilities of the new millennium. This article will define the uses of the Internet, including the benefits, challenges to overcome and issues involved, then discuss some of the specific applications that can be made from a fuller understanding of group processes on the Internet, with the aim of focusing on the many new opportunities for growth in all aspects of group-analytic psychotherapy.

Keywords: Internet, large group, technology, members, group processes

Fiona Elaine Hynes

“Yesterday, a child came out to wonder” spins off of the CD playing in the boom box in the maternity ward room. Kim is talking on the phone to a friend or relative; “Fiona Elaine was born yesterday morning at 7:52 in morning”. The TV is tuned to CNN but muted: “America strikes back!” “Fearful as the sky was filled with thunder, and tearful at the falling of a star”, Joni Mitchell sings. Kim and I are both tired. It was not an easy labor and there has been little sleep since.

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