Saturday, November 6, 2010
The Social Network
This past weekend, I ventured off to see, The Social Network, starring Jesse Eisenberg. Although it sounds as though it would be a boring history of the creation and development of facebook, it is actually a highly entertaining film of wits and treachery. It follows the creator of facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, through his beginnings as a computer geek at Harvard, all the way to becoming the youngest billionaire in the history of billionaires (excluding kings, and aristocracy of old, of course). As the movie poster declares, however, "You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies." This proves true for Zuckerberg, who, along the way of establishing facebook around the world, he is accused of and sued for stealing the facebook idea, and loses his best friend in a battle of ownership over the company. The question arises then of, if there was so much lost in the process, was the creation of this revolutionary idea really that great and beneficial for Mark? Yes, he made billions of dollars, yes he became the worlds youngest billionaire, and yes he revolutionized the way the world communicates via the Internet, but, I would, if I were in his situation, rather have friends to support me, than a billion dollars to pay all my enemies off. And, no, the 500 million friends don't count as real friends, considering he know's absolutely none of them. Now that I have finished ranting, and asking these very important questions, I would like to get your feed back on this portion, before I go on with my main point (and somewhat of a tangent) regarding facebook as a whole. If you have any comments, please feel free to post them, even if you are just posting simply to satisfy the class requirements.