SENIOR PROJECTS AND STUDENT RESEARCH
Kathleen Todd ’11
Philiabook: Examining the Changing Ideas Concerning Friendship in a Contemporary Context
Since the proliferation of an interactive internet or Web 2.0, we have seen a surge of people taking up their keyboards and actively participating in the development of human presence online. Users of social networks and online communities are able to create, develop and refurbish their online identities, which may or may not be rooted in reality. Just as many prior technologies have re-defined our understanding of certain ideas and practices, so too does interactive social networking redefine our ideas of friendship. Using, in particular, Aristotle’s theory of “perfect friendship,” this project demonstrates just how far from perfect our contemporary digital friendships are becoming.