" Faux Friendship" by William Deresiewicz
Deresiewicz's article describes the process of inevitable changes in modern associations due to technical progress, and more specifically, because of the internet and social networks. Mcdougal underlines the concept, that online communities are " just the latest stages of any long attenuation" of the friendship's nature and traditional human values in this respect. It's amazing, how the internet has changed the face of connection in the past 2 decades. Websites such as Facebook and MySpace вЂ“ the two the majority of popular social networking sites - enable users to develop profiles made up of various private information and images. These social networks enable people to generate and maintain relationships with current friends and to make new close friends based on identical interests.
Using one side, social networks offer rewards such as reconnection with lost " real" friends, or easy informational exchange with existing close friends. Another advantage is definitely the convenience and speed of messaging with long-distance associates. But on the other hand, on-line relationships generally contain sluggish ties than traditional offline (" real" ) interactions, the traditional " face-to-face" conversation and gestures are lacking in sites. Such a network, since Facebook, gives visual juxtaposition, which " creates the mirage of emotional proximity". Modern friendship starts to miss the actual community structure, staying replaced simply by " sense" of community. Also, the impression of closeness shared with buddies is being substituted by " broadcasting each of our stream of consciousness", handling " yourself not to a circle, but for a cloud... " At present friendship is usually loosing the individual figure, the human exclusive " face". Deresiewicz identifies online conversation, saying " posting info is like pornography, a smooth, impersonal exhibition", so that it requires much less hard work, time and psychological contribution, assessing to the accurate...