I agree (with the latter sentiment). But what much of these discussions overlook is the fundamental shift that social networks and online communities bring to our concepts of friendship and the way we build relationships with other people. I think they allow us to do much more than has been possible in the past. Social networks allow us to maintain links with people where they would previously have been lost, and online communities allow us to form relationships with people around shared ideas, goals or interests (from a common medical condition, to a shared love of knitting). These tools extend our relationships rather than replace our offline connections.
I got a nice new piano. I am giving my old one away. The piano we used a few weeks ago at 2nd Story Recording Studio has the long lost old Sorcerer piano in it, the one I recorded Dead Boy and certain songs from the last album on a few years ago!!! I was so happy to see it again. It seemed different. I tried to pretend that I recognized it. But it reminded me of the cat that changed color when it got a new owner. Norah Jones recorded her first record on that piano too. Anyway it sounded great.