In this twelfth podcast of the Gendering the Media with Brikena Ribaj series, I provide a reading of the concept of friendship by way of a tip of the hat to the philosophy of Plato and Derrida. This short piece simply attempts to address a sociality-oriented question and a more detailed discussion of the topic will be attended to at a later time.
To listen to the podcast, click here.
Might I also direct your attention to an analysis of Derrida's book The Politics of Friendship by David Mills?
A bit from the article says:
" . . . and after the telephone call, I will turn my back on you to sleep, as usual, and you will curl up against me, giving me your hand, you will envelop me.
Jacques Derrida, The Post Card
The first version of this essay was written for a conference on Derrida's Politics of Friendship sponsored by SUNY-Stony Brook in New York in November 2002. As fate would have it, that was the last occasion I saw Jacques Derrida before he fell ill, watching him back away down 6th Avenue, slightly bowing as he stretched out his arm to wave in his very personal and personable manner, as if he never wanted to be the first to turn and walk away. I could not have known then what sort of definitive "back" he would have turned towards us by the time my words found their way into print, even though the fact of mortality is readable in everything he wrote, and especially in Politics of Friendship. What I did know, and what enlivens the memory of him in the wake of his death, was the experience of a friendship in practice, upright and supportive from start to finish. This is dedicated to that memory"
That article is here.