Wednesday, October 6, 2010

"The Social Network"

Directed by David Fincher, the biggest blockbuster hit of the fall, "The Social Network" grossed $22.5 million dollars at the Box Office nearly doubling other big hit movies such as "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps."

Why exactly was this movie which was so subtly promoted yet tantalizing to watch such a success? Similar to that of Facebook, how has no one thought of producing an entire two-hour movie portraying the creator of Facebook to which we all know and love?

Whether or not you appreciate the advances Facebook has to offer globally, the movie without a doubt is purely entertaining and definitely worth seeing in theaters. But the most interesting thing to me was not about trial and errors of creating Facebook, but how the concept was created according to this movie.

Mark Zuckerberg in the opening scene is portrayed as a classic jerk to his girlfriend in a pub setting, which he soon realizes she dumps him. From there he went straight to his computer to blog about her and how terrible of a person she is.

While viewing this scene of drunken and raging blogging about Mark's personal life, it really made me think of how "safe" that action would be. After all of the discussion in class about privacy and information posted online that may fall into the wrong hands made me question what would happen if I posted every interesting, unusual, note-worthy encounter I have experienced?

Of course I reveal to my trusted friends the crazy things that happen over the weekend or what I think about a certain person, but I feel as though I would never post anything that could potentially offend anybody like how Mark did to his former girlfriend. Clearly he is aware that he has followers, because his best friend knew about the break up before the two had even spoken.

Diverting from blogging consequences, the next portion of the movie that intrigued me was the questionable character of Sean Parker played by Justin Timberlake. Once the viral Facebook emails began to circulate among other Ivy League college campuses, Sean Parker, the founder of Napster immediately wanted to meet and advise Zuckerberg.

Eduardo Saverin, played by Andrew Garfield, was extremely hesitant and wary of Parker getting his hands too deep into the Facebook's development because of his tarnished name and history. Saverin was constantly worried about the business moves while Zuckerberg was more concerned with the site's image.

Needless to say, Parker seemingly played the PR role during the growth of Facebook in the movie. He took Zuckerberg under his wing for expansion, but did get Facebook employees in trouble with the law from petty drug use.

Next came the swarm of legal action by others. Harvard students and Zuckerberg's best friend and co-founder pressed charges against Zuckerberg for intellectual property theft. But in the movie Zuckerberg said, "if you guys were the inventors of Facebook, you would've invented Facebook."

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