I was really looking forward to seeing The Social Network from the very first trailer months ago. As an avid Facebooker, Twitter, and blogger, I was super pumped about seeing the genesis of what would become a social revolution. I can’t think of any other modern tool that has affected our daily interactions and has allowed us to connect with so many as quickly and easily as Facebook- as my newly re-aquainted list of elementary school ‘friends’ would reflect.
At first glance you would expect The Social Network to be about the impact of the greatest social networking platform in history, Facebook. In actuality, it’s more about the pain of birthing something original and it’s effects on friendships. Maybe this should have been more aptly called ‘The Social Experiment’. In a way, I would describe this like antithesis to the ‘Titanic’- the ship survives but the relationships sink. The enjoyment or value of The Social Network is watching those relationships go all the way down to the bottom of the ocean.
Because of this fact, The Social Network has drawn a variety of responses. People loved the manipulative nature of the friendships and also hated them at the same time. There are no true heroes or villains, everyone is a little brilliant and evil. The fact is that according to this semi-ficticious story, FB was birthed, developed, and succeeded from selfish and arrogant motivations. At this point it almost doesn’t matter if it’s true or not because now it’s out there. This fact is hard for many to swallow for their beloved social media site. Many of my own friends have a new-found respect for founder Mark Zuckerberg while others have wanted to shut down their FB account (yea right). Whatever your view is, the dichotomy is very interesting and I love the fact that it has polarized so many.
(The real Mark Zuckerberg)
I know the events of The Social Network are in question. Director David Fincher never spoke to nor consulted with Mark Zuckerberg for this film. So most of this is hear say and highly interpreted. Just like any social media tool, The Social Media is what you make of it. This wasn’t as fantastic and RottenTomatoes reviewed it to be at 98% but it was a solid endeavour and probably one of the best films of 2010.