Is the intermediation of identity and presentation, that is so predominant on Facebook, being prescribed as confrontational and uncompromising interaction OR is there a discrepancy between the “online” & “offline” self?
How do we identify ourselves and others on Facebook?
Do we alter our identities- for better or worse- as we re-create ourselves online?
Facebook links millions of people, in new spaces. It is changing the way we think, the form of our communities, our very identities.
If Facebook has such a significant influence over users, does it have an influence on how we identify ourselves and other people?
In Heidegger’s essay entitled, ‘The Question Concerning Technology’, he studies modern technology. He attempts to prepare us for a “free relationship” with the existence of technology. However can we have “free-relationship” social networking sites?
“The strange feature of the Facebook friendship raises an immediate question: is it really a “friendship” at all?”
‘From boredom and necessity, man wishes to exist socially.’ Nietzsche
“A genuine friend is someone who loves or likes another person for the sake of that other person.” Aristotle
Taking in Aristotle’s account of friendship would the relationships on Facebook be justified?