iCulture as Blog Therapy
There are over 60 million bloggers worldwide, not counting micro-blogging. Most blogs are private and function as either an open diary or a social organ. Business is secondary, though it consumes a good deal of resources and planning. iCulture estimates that most bloggers, no matter how technical the topic, have been transformed by their online work. It has given them a coveted opportunity to re-design their image and relationships, including the not unimportant relationship to oneself. Blogging is an entirely new, previously unavailable form of communication, commerce, education, and socialisation. The blog is a new medium of creation and recreation. Though it is yet to produce its masters and masterpieces, it is undeniably a new technical form of design. iCulture, an online, psychoanalytically informed therapy method developed on the basis of Prof. Dr. Viola Timm’s lifelong research, will help you harness this medium to design a genuine and rich interior by supplementing the historical, theoretical, and cultural knowledge you need to be effective in your blog therapy.
Here is why historical knowledge is important. To understand blogging and how it can serve us, we need to look at the way older media and the cultural and political institutions they spawned transformed the world. Since the liberal arts and humanities are currently being phased out of higher education curricula, there is no incentive for supporting research into media history and genealogy. The problem is of the catch 22 variety. The mass media transformed all educational institutions as they gradually colonised the liberal arts and humanities. As a result, there are currently no academic disciplines that possess the necessary autonomy to conduct research into media history and theory. In other words, there is no academic discourse that can inform an intelligent, self-conscious, and self-reflexive new media research and practice, because the new media took the place of the old academic humanities. As a non-academic research and educational platform, iCulture supplements self-reflexive research on the mass media. As a form of blog therapy iCulture also provides rehabilitation from the mass media by providing tools and materials to customise media experience the way liberal arts did in the past.
iCulture as Liberal Arts Education for Bloggers in the Age of the Mass Media
The mass media largely serve the politically dominant powers of the day. Even so-called independent outlets are formatted by the power discourses that structure the systems and networks of communication and socialisation. The mass media represent the most efficient tool of engineering social reality. At the same time, mass media structure the emotional interior of the individual. In the past, liberal arts education was able to offer a select and privileged few some guidance on interior emotional design. K-12 education then attempted to democratise this process by making the liberal arts available to all. The twin development of the technical mass media and psychotherapy in the 20th century, however, gradually made these functions of the liberal arts and humanities obsolete. Last century saw the end of the liberal arts and humanities in the form in which they had existed since their institution in the Age of Enlightenment.The enlightenment set in motion the discursive processes that supported the American and French revolutions politically, promised the liberation of the autonomous individual, and laid down the foundations of the existing institutions of higher education. Yet the gradual technologisation of the mass media brought this era to its limits. Todaywe are at the cusp of a new educational and political order. The extreme dependence of the modern political order on academic organs, however, has prevented the development of new research in all matters of government science. Since the 1980s philosophers have been discussing the return of religion as a social system, but little has been done to adapt the legal and governmental systems to accommodate this so-called ‘return.’ As a result the futures of both government and mass media discourse have become vast and unimaginable unknowns.
For as long as they functioned, the liberal arts and humanities offered some degree of freedom in designing an individual course of study. The gradual absolutisation of the scientific method in academic publishing, dictated by the colonisation of discourse by the technical media, coupled with the powerful takeover of the humanities by sociology and political science in the 19th century, have virtually evacuated what was known as the liberal arts from university and college curricula. The fundamental principle on which the liberal arts were built, the autonomy of the individual to design a pattern of thinking and inquiry that is developed privately and once it reaches critical maturity and sophistication is also articulated publicly, has collapsed.
The principle of private scholarship was first elaborated in Immanuel Kant’s famous 1784 address to the general public “What is Enlightenment?” https://archive.org/stream/AnswerTheQuestionWhatIsEnlightenment/KantEnlightmentDanielFidelFerrer2013#page/n1/mode/2up We will contemplate enlightenment culture in a separate blog post. For now it is enough to note that the disappearance and subordination of the autonomous sciences in higher education today has robbed us of a world of sublimation that in the long run will result in the spread of mental disease and make us increasingly dependent on controlled drug therapy.
Technology is not the enemy. Autonomy is always within reach to those who are willing to put in the time to think and research. Technical media like the internet are making it possible to connect, communicate, and research faster and more efficiently than ever before. The technical media are our helpers and our only hope to balance and diversify the unfortunate one-dimensional developments in our public structures.
The internet offers an endless array of opportunities for personal growth and custom-designed educational experience. iCulture therapy is the first of its kind as it offers an online matrix of individually designed, ongoing professional research and teaching. The platform replaces the traditional classroom professor with online tools for educating the scholar within. Individual or small group instruction is also available as paid service. Please contact your host for inquiries.