Kotkin's examination of home and roots


ENG 101 ONL 2
Nov 17, 2013



“How Kotkin's examination of home and roots compares to William Deresiewicz's discussion of online friendship. Does Deresiewicz's essay confirm or complicate the conclusions Kotkin draws about Americans' increasing commitment to place and to each other?”


Both of the articles have employed different aspects but they are interconnected with each other. “There’s No Place Like Home” and "Faux Friendship” seems unlike with each other, but we can evaluate the relation that faux friendship has taken the hold in the modern society, and therefore; people like to say that there is no place like home and their families. In earlier times, friendship hold the essence in its meaning, but Deresiewicz claims that today the bond of friendship is diminishing and people merely call them friends to each other. Moreover, he argues that the word has lost its charm and value; it is like something increases and the value of the product decreases. Both of the article talk about society, professionalism, career, and friends. Somehow the idea is similar but its presentation is different. At one point, Kotkin says that we contain low mobile nature and how this is rebuilding the corporate globe. Here, he is attributing the two factors of family and technology. These factors have become the reason that the people are not willing to proceed for work


“There’s No Place Like Home” by Joel Kotkin talks about the modern fashionable trend of localism. As per the Kotkin writes, “Family and technology are two key factors working against nomadism” (Kotkin, 2009). He mentions that the current situation of global economy is difficult because families cannot sell their houses; therefore, they decide to stick around. He considers localism as a longer stay of people in their communities and homes, and their commitment towards living in communities. He basically drafts the situation that’s what American society is current experiencing. Kotkin uses the term “placeness” which holds the meaning of we care for the place where we belong and the identity that we have (Deresiewicz, 2009). In the article "Faux Friendship,” William Deresiewicz portrays a contemporary idea behind the fact of the word ’friend,’ and puts forward his argument with deep analysis. The idea of Deresiewicz shows that in modern times we have changed the way of our perceptions regarding the things that we used to do. Deresiewicz mentions that in 20th century, it is believed that an important part of someone’s emotional life usually take place not with their families but with their friends. But this is merely an idea not the reality. However, the article of Kotkin presents that home is the place where person feels completely comfortable and secure as with no one in the world (Kotkin, 2009).
Currently people are considering family more over money and they are not willing to leave their placeness. The article of Kotkin shows that the more time someone spends in community or home the more they are identified with it. The article of Deresiewicz also agrees with this thing in a complex manner which is stated in the lines “Social changes play into- rootlessness of modern life” (Deresiewicz, 2009). I believe this trend is growing in the proper direction but it is important for creating authentic relationships and communities that we need for striving. It is believed that the reason of this trend evolved because people realized that living in a place where everyone is unknown and moving around the world is not certainly an adventurous journey but loose the original roots. For instance, if we find a job in a city and very few people we know there, it might change our mind and provoke to switch there but will not prove as long term happiness. Indeed, we will make friends there or might get married there after sometimes, but there will be no trace of our roots in that unknown city. Both of the articles reflect the attributes of family and technology. Faux Friendship greatly presents the idea that 18th and 19th portrays the qualities of a friend in different way. Today the concept of friendship and friends has changed because now we allow our friends to be admired by our events or activities that are going around us.
In current times,