The Social Network

The Social Network ★★★★

”...As if every thought that tumbles through your head was so clever it would be a crime for it not to be shared.”

And that is social media for you. And yes, I am aware of the irony of me typing that very thought here.

Basically what we have here are a bunch of people who at the very least are assholes and who at the very worst as sociopaths. And I think it's pretty clear which one of those Mark Zuckerberg is, not only from the telling of the story as it's presented here, buy also from his public appearances in which he does his very best to appear human, but sadly fails.

Not that there's anything wrong with being socially disfunctional, I declare myself guilty of that crime, but from his dealings with by this account his dealings with Eduardo Saverin went way beyond that, Zuckerberg screwed over the person who handed over all the money to get the business started and gave him an algorithm which helped get the gall rolling.

And it's Eduardo who is pretty much the only one of the main players who comes out of this with his hands clean, the Winkelvi know the meaning of entitlement and Sean Parker is clearly a dick.

This may be the least Fincher of all David Fincher's films, with absolutely no sign of the flashiness which he injected into at least his earlier films, nonetheless there is cleverness here, the creation of the Winkelvosseses is absolutely seamless.

Of course the start of all of this is Aaron Sorkin's script which is pretty much all dialogue, probably enough for a film twice this long.

So what of that social network then? More so now than when this film was made back in the dim and distant times of the turn of the decade, the question is, is it and the sites like it a force for good? Does the good it's done outweigh the bad? Is the world a better place for having Facebook in it? I think we all know the answer to that.

But either way it's here and we've just got to deal with it. The question I find myself asking is, will it always be here? To judge from it's stock market valuation the answer would seem to be yes, but plenty of companies that were once thought to be invincible have come and gone over the years and ones that were based on something far less ephemeral than just a website.

What Facebook are striving to do is to make themselves something without which people cannot survive, something that is vital to the very nature of people's existence. Is that really possible? Is there not a chance that they might not be usurped the way they usurped MySpace and Friendster?

There you go, a thought which it would be a crime not to share.

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