Faux Friendship by William Deresiewicz Article Analysis
Anyone can search Facebook and take note of the number of friends each individual now has. This number is large and ever increasing. But who are all of the people we claim to be our friends? Deresiewicz states that "friends serve no public purpose and exist independent of all other bonds" [ (Deresiewicz) ]. While this statement is true, why do we still feel the need to claim to have so many? Although Facebook did not invent the new idea of a friend, it still established that others are watching, checking the amount of friends another individual may have and judge the value that individual by this number. Deresiewicz does not use expert opinions to conclude to his findings, but the facts are apparent. It has become the norm and that is sufficient enough to convince us that what he is arguing is in fact an unspoken truth. A person can have over 800 friends on Facebook, but can count on one hand the amount of friends that would come to his aid at any hour of the night and for any reason (whether practical or not.)
Deresiewicz makes many assumptions throughout his article. Several were plausible theories while others were a little more extreme. He claims that parents and
Cited: Deresiewicz, William. "Faux Friendship." Rottenburg, Annette T. and Donna Haisty Winchell. Elements of Argument. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin 's, 2012. 148-154.