NET CAFE, from A to G (1996) Stewart Cheifet

Net Cafe: Group Therapy Net Style (1998)

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Group Therapy Net Style (1998)

Getting therapy online may not be the best way to deal with personal issues, but the internet is providing new tools for self fulfilment. Featured sites on this program include,,,, and Also a look at Internet addiction. Featured guests are psychologist Dr. Nancy Wesson and Larry Magid of the L.A. Times. Hosts are Jane Wither, Andrew deVries, and Stewart Cheifet. Originally broadcast in 1998 from the CyberSmith internet cafe in Palo Alto, California. Episode #209.

Keywords: therapy; advice; counseling; 209

Segments began when founder Annette Hensley was helping a friend communicate information about Graves disease on his site. Since then, they have created over 200 bulletin boards with a vast array of conditions and situations such as bipolar disorder, families of inmates or obesity all There are also 20 online chat rooms with links to more information about the topic and a Share Volunteer Program where you can make yourself available for one-to-one contact with someone who needs help with a particular disease or situation. It's a virtual support group created by the people, for the people.

Don Hadlock is an online therapist who gives his opinions on the quality of therapy on the net and talks about his site that acts as a training resource for people who want to learn about self-help therapy. Along with information on the site, you can find forums and chats for the interaction aspects of therapy. His site also includes and Inner Journey Section that teaches people how to explore themselves and be more introspective.

The Internet itself can be a addicting and be the cause for therapy. Dr. Nancy Wesson works with people whose lives have been greatly disturbed by their dependence on the Internet. Dr. Wesson explains the classic examples of addiction such as staying up all night and sex addiction online and also explains why the Internet can be so appealing to addicts.

And for amusing therapy on the web, Olga Werby has created "The CompanyTherapist" with a fictional therapist, Dr. Charles Balis who hosts chat rooms filled with characters created for entertainment and awareness. Werby says the people that participate on the site are amateur writers wanting to publish their work or others who want to bring attention to problems in the workplaces such as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

Then, show hosts talk about some important AIDS awareness sites that can be invaluable tools for AIDS victims and families. has an excellently organized chat room and also features a virtual AIDS quilt where you can put up a memorial of AIDS victims. is a very large site for the latest information on the disease. They cover AIDS conferences and post transcripts of major papers and sessions at these conferences. They also feature a quality of life section that gives advice on how to deal with the details of everyday life as a person with AIDS.

Finally, Larry Magid, a former syndicated columnist for the LA Times, gives some no-nonsense advice on the Browser Wars between Explorer and Netscape. Magid says most sites are optimized for both browsers so either one works but it may be a good idea to have both and be safe.

Documentary Description

Net Cafe was the world's most widely distributed television series covering the Internet revolution during the height of the dot com boom. The series was broadcast throughout the United States and in more than one hundred other countries for six years, from 1996 through 2002. It was hosted by Stewart Cheifet, Jane Wither, and Andrew deVries.

The weekly program went behind the scenes of the World Wide Web to meet the people and explore the culture of the new "wired" generation. The series featured Internet tips, a guide to the best web sites, a preview of internet startups, and interviews with the movers and shakers behind the Internet phenomenon. It introduced many new web sites to the public which are now household names such as Yahoo!, Google, and eBay.

The series has been recognized for its journalistic excellence, winning a variety of prestigious broadcast awards. It was produced on location at various internet cafes around the Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Stewart's Bio

Stewart Cheifet has been called “the original TV techie” and “the dean of television computer journalists”. He pioneered the field over twenty years ago when he created and launched the award winning public television series “Computer Chronicles”.

He served as host and managing editor of “Computer Chronicles”. He also anchored another public television series devoted to the people, culture and business of the Internet, called “Net Café”. Both series were broadcast nationally and throughout the world in over 100 countries.

Stewart has been a guest commentator on technology for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and he hosted a weekly web-radio talk show called “Talking about this Week”, produced by in association with He also wrote and anchored a syndicated radio series about the Internet, “CyberTraffic Report”.

He has been a commentator, anchor, and emcee at many major technology events including Comdex TV News, the Computer Museum’s Computer Bowl, Discover Magazine’s Technology Awards, Upside’s Showcase, Upside’s Digital Living Room, Windows Magazine’s Win-100 Awards, and the Codie Awards for the Software Publishers Association and the Software Information Industry Association.

He frequently appears as a moderator and speaker at corporate events in the technology field, having worked with such companies as Acer, AutoDesk, Bay Networks, Boeing, Cable & Wireless, Commerce One, Hewlett Packard, IBM, KPMG, NetSuite, Oracle, PeopleSoft, Sybase, and others.

Stewart was formerly a correspondent for the PBS “Nightly Business Report” covering high-tech in the Silicon Valley and the Pacific Rim. He has worked in various capacities for ABC News and CBS News in major locations around the world, including New York, Los Angeles, London, and Paris. He served as President of PCTV, a company focused on media and technology and was also CEO of WITF, a diversified broadcasting and media company. He was also a Director at the Internet Archive, responsible for all audio and video content.

He has won numerous awards for his broadcast journalism work, including twelve awards from the Computer Press Association (CPA) and the CPA award for Best Individual Technology Television Program of the year. He was named by AdWeek magazine as one of the five most influential broadcast journalists in the field of technology.

Stewart wrote the foreword for the recently released book “Tech Trending”, published by John Wiley & Sons. Has also written for publications such as Windows Magazine, PC Magazine, Silicon Valley Magazine, Apprise Magazine, and Digital Video Magazine.

He is a graduate of the University of Southern California with a degree in mathematics and psychology. He also holds a doctorate in law from Harvard University and he was a Benton Fellow in technology journalism at the University of Chicago.



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