EH 102 - Critique “Faux Friendship”
April 20, 2013
How Genuine Are Your Friendships?
Friendships today have many different definitions which are unique to each individual. Friendship itself can be broken down into many subgroups, which are also unique to the individual, to further define what the relationship between two specific people entails. In William Deresiewicz’s “Faux Friendship” it is argued that the meaning of friendship has been permanently altered by social networking sites and the instinct to categorize every connection as a friendship. He also says that because of Facebook, along with other social sites, modern culture has watered down the idea of friendship so much so that networkers strive to connect with a greater number of ‘friends’ to replace the lost genuine connection with others. Deresiewicz is immensely successful in his argument with the aid of examples, chronological writing, statistics and tone.
Because Deresiewicz’s main point is that the definition of friendship has completely transformed, the most effective method he used was the structure of his article itself. The piece flowed from examples of ancient to modern friendships in a chronological order; this style of writing makes it easy for the audience to comprehend. The author begins with examples of ancient friendship such as Achilles and Patroclus. Their friendship was so strong that Achilles proved to be more loyal to Patroclus than his own country. Ancient friendship was even viewed as “superior to marriage and at least equal in the value to sexual love...” (Deresiewicz 48). Next, the author explains how the rise of Christianity looked down upon these close bonds of friendship because the individual should be devoted to God. Deresiewicz continues on to give us examples of eighteenth and nineteenth classical friendship: Goethe and Schiller, Emerson and Thoreau, Byron and Shelley. All of which would now be classified as romantic relationships. The last and most...
Cited: Deresiewicz, William. “Faux Friendship.” (E-Dentity). Ed. Stephanie Vie. Southlake, TX: Fountainhead Press, 2011. 47-58. Print.
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