Faux Friendship By William Deresiewicz Analysis

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Friendships nowadays are nothing more than an illusion because of the advance of technology; from the description of William Deresiewicz, author of the article “Faux Friendship.” Deresiewicz said that friendship has become both all and nothing when modern technology like Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and other social media is destroying the friendship. Deresiewicz states that while people are friends with everybody, no matter if they know them or not, we have not understood the true value of a true friendship. The author compares the meaning of friendship between ancient time and the modern day. Back in the 18th century, Goethe and Schiller, a true friendship of literature and cultural movement; they support each other to the end of their movement. …show more content…
I argue about his motive of writing this article. Was he trying to say that everyone we are friends with, even our best friends we know in school or our childhood friend we just met again, are faux friends? A childhood friend is a friend we know for a long time, mostly he or she will grow up with us together and know each other for a long time, and they know our characteristics. Best friends are friends we know for maybe a short period, but have something in common with us and building our interests and characteristics with them to form a strong friendship. I see that my interactions between friends are pretty normal and have not changed much due to using Facebook or any social media today. I also argue against the author is that he took how friendship works from a positive into a negative point of view. A quote from Virgil’s Nisus and Euryalus: “Far from being ordinary and universal, friendship, for the ancients, was rare, precious, and hard-won.” Friendship is hard to form between people and people because it takes passion, courage, and self-confident to be able to form one. Friendship can be formed between man and man, woman and woman, or between man and woman. No matter how it looks, friendship is friendship and won’t be hard to find if we understand the right definition.

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