virtual friendship and new narcissism
The rapid growth of technology and its impacts on the media is well expressed on Christine Rosen’s article “virtual friendship and new narcissism.” Much of the focus has been given to the kinds of friendship that the current media has provided as compared to the past. With a well-researched perspective, Rosen presents the criticality of personal presentation as it’s attributed to the social status of an individual. From the article, it is clear that the documentation of existence among people is not a strange thing and has been in existence for a very long duration. This paper presents the summary of the main ideas that have been presented in Rosen’s article with a clear depiction of the digital divide that has emerged from the growth of the media and especially the social media.
In the past, documentation of existence and status through painted portraits was a thing that was used to mark wealth and a bid for immortality. According to Rosen’s study, pictures were used to provide hints regarding various issues within the society such as a person’s daily life, attitudes ambitions, and social standing. With the emergence of technology, the use of portraits diminished as other forms which were more prestigious emerged. Even though there appeared new ways of portraits, their typical intention remained but the difference is that they have been modified. Rosen (173) claims that the current self-portraits are democratic and digital.
The development of portraits has been explored throughout the article. In addition to the growth, their use has also been discussed. At first, social Medias started as sights for creating a connection, friendship, and love. However, time has seen these sights develop and attain new responsibilities as they are used in caring out businesses. Currently, the social media is used by politicians to air their manifestos, musicians and photographers to market their art among many other functions (Rosen 174)