Friday, November 05, 2010

The Social Network

The Facebook movie got plenty of good reviews, so we decided to go to the pictures in Dundrum on the bank holiday Saturday.

Very interesting movie - despite the fact that apparently a lot of it is made up and is not an exact representation of how Facebook was set up nor of Mark Zuckerberg, its founder.

I didn't know much about Facebook the company, or its founders, but the movie The Social Network makes it all about someone with poor social skills, and whose company's success (it's worth 25 Billion dollars!) doesn't seem to bring him any joy. Nothing seems to bring him joy, according to the movie anyway. And he seems to lose the one friend he had. Maybe, like a lot of geeks, he is not good at human interaction, but becomes the wittiest and most likeable person on earth when he communicates through a computer. And also, in the movie, he never smiles, but there are plenty of pictures of him on the web with a nice big smile on his face.And he's got a girlfriend too. So, who to believe? The movie or Zuckerberg's PR machine? My philosophy is to give people the benefit of the doubt. In the movie, there is no doubt that Mark Zuckerberg is a geek jerk, but since I don't know him personally, I won't judge him on that basis!

It's a great movie, though - a parable about not relating to others' feelings, getting rich, and losing friends. You wouldn't wish that life on anybody. The big question is was it all worth it? And does it make him happy?

Am I on Facebook? Yes of course.

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