1st Edition

Friendship and Technology A Philosophical Approach to Computer Mediated Communication

By Tiffany A. Petricini Copyright 2022
    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    156 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book explores the nature of technology – participatory media in particular – and its effects on our friendships and our fundamental sense of togetherness.

    Situating the notion of friendship in the modern era, the author examines the possibilities and challenges of technology on our friendships. Taking a media ecology approach to interpersonal communication, she looks at issues around phenomenology, recognition of friends as unique, hermeneutics in a digital world and mediated communication, social dimensions of time and space, and communication ethics.

    Examining friendship as a communicative phenomenon and exploring the ways in which it is created, sustained, managed, produced, and reproduced, this book will be relevant to scholars and students of interpersonal communication, mediated communication, communication theory and philosophy, and media ecology.

    This book is freely available as a downloadable Open Access PDF under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

    Introduction: Friendship as a Communicative Phenomenon

    1. The Phenomenology of Encounter and its Relationship to Friendship

    2. Particularity and Voice: Recognizing our Friends as Unique

    3. Hermeneutic Presence: Dialogue and Digitization and the Implications for Friendship

    4. Time and Space: Altered Dimensions of Friendship

    5. Sunaisthesis: The Synecdochal Activity of Friendship Ethics

    6. Better People, Better World: Friendship as a Communicative Good


    Tiffany Petricini is an assistant teaching professor of communication studies at Pennsylvania State Shenango in Sharon, PA. Her work focuses on media ecology, phenomenology, and communication ethics.

    "This book provides a unique perspective for readers to reexamine friendship in mediated settings. Those interested in the fields of interpersonal communication, mediated communication, communication theory and philosophy, and media ecology will find this book to be a fascinating read." - Miao Hao, International Journal of Communication