Connections

The Digital Human

By BBC Radio 4

Connections

For some time now Aleks has felt uncomfortable with the way friendships are performed online. There's something about the unspoken transactional expectation of a like for a like; the friend anniversary reminders; the laugh out loud-ness of it all. The online world – rich with the communities she once loved and learned from, connections forged, old schoolmates rediscovered – has become increasingly empty as a space to perform "friendship". So is there a tension between what we feel friendship is, and the way we’re doing friendships online? Aleks explores if the tech we use accurately represents the values we hold dear in our relationships. Producer: Caitlin Smith
Connections
Connections
The Digital Human