I bought The Social Network, knowing that I would LOVE this movie. (being a social media addict I am and all)  After watching it, I have to say, it wasn't what I expected at all. 

 

Don't get me wrong, it was good, but I didn't like Mark Zuckerburg's personality AT ALL in the movie.  I kept reminding myself that this is a movie, and with that comes drama that doesn't exist.  I honestly hope Mark Z isn't really the jerkules that he is in this movie. (screwing over his friends, etc.)

 

I'm not a fan of throwing my friends under the bus "to win", you know?  What were your thoughts on the movie?  Please tell me the real Mark Z is a good guy.

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It's sitting on the side table waiting me for me. I couldn't find time to watch it this weekend. I'm excited to see it too. I'll have to kick everyone out of the living room tonight, and take over the TV.

 

I brought the movie home and my husband said, "Ugh. I don't want to watch a movie about some guy who started Facebook." Then I said, "But Facebook revolutionized the way we use and think about social media." And he said, "Then watch it with one of your Twitter friends." Ha! He teases about all that stuff, because he's really not into social media at all.

 

I've heard the rumors about how Zuckerburg supposedly stole the idea from someone else, but who knows what the truth actually is.

 

 

 

 

Let me know your thoughts...

Colleen Stout said:

It's sitting on the side table waiting me for me. I couldn't find time to watch it this weekend. I'm excited to see it too. I'll have to kick everyone out of the living room tonight, and take over the TV.

 

I brought the movie home and my husband said, "Ugh. I don't want to watch a movie about some guy who started Facebook." Then I said, "But Facebook revolutionized the way we use and think about social media." And he said, "Then watch it with one of your Twitter friends." Ha! He teases about all that stuff, because he's really not into social media at all.

 

I've heard the rumors about how Zuckerburg supposedly stole the idea from someone else, but who knows what the truth actually is.

 

 

 

 

OK, I finally got to watch it.

 

It certainly doesn't make Mark out to be a very likable person.  I think they were trying to portray him as one of those super-intelligent people who can do calculus in their head, but can't deal with people because they don't have any social skills. There may have been times that he didn't realize what he was really doing, because he was so absorbed with his work.

 

It's kind of ironic that a person so lacking in social skills is behind the biggest social network. It's like he turned to his computer skills to validate himself, and make up for what he lacked socially.

 

It also seems like he was lead astray by the Napster guy, and didn't realize the consequences of screwing over his best friend. Which I could see happening if he really was insecure. He was just a kid. Kids do dumb things.

 

They made him seem so detached in the meetings with the lawyers, and the advertisers. I'm not sure that it was so much that he didn't care, as he just didn't have the skills to cope with it.

 

The thing is they don't answer the question in the movie. Is he some kind of genius without people skills, or is he just a jerk? I can't figure out if the people who made the movie were intentionally vague about Mark's motivations, or if they wanted the viewer to decide. I think they could have made him a more sympathetic character if they'd spent a little more time on how his insecurities affected his decisions.

 

At the end it says his friend Eduardo's name was eventually restored to the Facebook masthead, so maybe Mark realized the error of his ways and made amends at some point.

 

 

 

 

Mom Spark said:

Let me know your thoughts...

Colleen Stout said:

It's sitting on the side table waiting me for me. I couldn't find time to watch it this weekend. I'm excited to see it too. I'll have to kick everyone out of the living room tonight, and take over the TV.

 

I brought the movie home and my husband said, "Ugh. I don't want to watch a movie about some guy who started Facebook." Then I said, "But Facebook revolutionized the way we use and think about social media." And he said, "Then watch it with one of your Twitter friends." Ha! He teases about all that stuff, because he's really not into social media at all.

 

I've heard the rumors about how Zuckerburg supposedly stole the idea from someone else, but who knows what the truth actually is.

 

 

 

 

I haven't seen the movie but I have heard a ton about it. Kevin Rose (founder of Digg) said that he is a good guy. From what I have heard, I don't know if he is a "good" guy but better than the movie made him out to be. Supposedly he has been with the same girl since before he started fb and that wasn't the reason for it all;).

 

I have the movie on request list from the library;).

My husband splurge bought this last week. Sadly some of Mr. Zuckster's antics had been proven at least on a small scale through old news articles and such. I have always been a facebook fan. But like others have already stated, he was REALLY young when all of that stuff went down. We all can make mistakes with out realizing how it would effect others when we are just figuring out the mechanics of this adulthood stuff. I think if he had been a jerk in the past, he has the possibility of learning a lot from it since then. This movie, though I enjoyed it, did not depict what he has done since he has became this major icon of social media. It came across as a "connect the dots" drama; the dots being news articles surrounding all of the legal actions.

 

What I did enjoy about the movie is seeing the basic sharing of facts. I had forgotten that my college was one of the earlier slews of included colleges, and that I had joined when facebook still had it's "the".  It made me reminisce being excited when that invite hit my gmail. Within an hour I was hooked and have not stopped since.

 

And regardless of whether or not Mark was a jerk, he still was brilliant for developing the concept into what it has become as simple as it really is. Its one thing to have ideas, and its another thing to make them a reality. And with that, it is all just business.

 

Mark Zuckerburg: The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth.

I clearly need to get my mitts on this movie. Pronto.

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