The Electronic Ties that Bind

Attended the wake of an online friend's father tonight with a few other online friends. There is the need for distinction between online friends and normal friends because online friends often remain faceless and at best trivial acquaintances. The level of intimacy one could establish online meant as much as a colon followed by a bracket.
Today we gathered not as words on the screen, but as fellow human beings who found the need to share whatever strength, whatever life that was in us. It was nice to know that the cold robotic interface from which our friendships were formed did not hinder the warmth of true human relationship.
We stood true tonight.

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