Social networking sites are various websites created to allow people to make profiles and form relationships with other users within the same website. In the website, people express their thoughts and feelings, have public discussions, chat privately, and expand their ideas, or creativity. Political views and friendships are also influenced on the web. It is a major important part of today’s society. Many critics have different sensitive views on the importance of social networking sites. Carl Bialik focus on the principle behind the creation of social networking sites. Julia Angwin expresses the way social networking sites affect the identity of each individual. The Commissioner of Canada adds to Angwin’s ideas of identity, and they express how ideas become property. In addition, Neal Conan elaborates on the effect of reconnecting with a friend, the security of people in regards to the way people feel safe behind a screen, and the law’s role on this insecurity. These issues open a door on the subject of freedom. How have social networking sites affect the freedom of each individual? RiP! A Remix Manifesto directed by Brett Gaylor touches on the freedom of creativity and ideas. Although social networking sites intended to help sustain friendships, the danger of these sites challenge the way people perceive identity through changes of privacy online.
Friendship is a strong bond between two people who can last a lifetime, or eternity. A friendship is having a person that is supportive, that is present during countless trials in your life, that values you as a person, and that never turns their back on this bond. It is formed through laughter, fights, tears, and love. Because of various circumstances, many friendships are lost. Carl Bialik wrote:
In the past, new friends and contacts might have replaced old ones as you graduated from college, switched jobs, or moved to a new city. Now, old friends can stick around alongside the new ones on your MySpace. When you have occasion to call on one of them, a page contains all the vital stats you'll need to renew the acquaintance (Bialik).
Social networking sites were created based on these principles. The idea was to help people get in contact with old friends, and keep in contact with new friends. Sometimes people find old friends through suggested friends, or they can search for them. These sites also allow people to chat in their inbox, video chat, and comment on each other’s pictures and status’s. However, every friendship is not meant to be forever. Sometimes people come into a person’s life for a season. Some friendships belong to the moment it was created, it was there when it was needed for a purpose. People change as time progresses, and many friends become a nightmare. In Neal’s interview a caller, Nancy expresses, a person in the group “who I thought was my friend for some reason […] blamed me for the loss of my child […] this person had driven me to the point where I was seriously...