Public Friendship an Oxymoron?
You have to hand it The New Atlantis’ Christine Rosen. She’s got some thought-provoking ideas on online social networking.
“Friendship in these virtual spaces is thoroughly different from real-world friendship. In its traditional sense, friendship is a relationship which, broadly speaking, involves the sharing of mutual interests, reciprocity, trust, and the revelation of intimate details over time and within specific social (and cultural) contexts. Because friendship depends on mutual revelations that are concealed from the rest of the world, it can only flourish within the boundaries of privacy; the idea of public friendship is an oxymoron.” — Christine Rosen