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The Social Network

Posted by Jonathan Leithold-Patt on October 3, 2010 at 6:38 PM


David Fincher


IDEA:   An account of the creation of Facebook and the lawsuits brought upon it.

BLURB:   From the first 15 minutes, David Fincher’s digital aged examination of warped socialization and status-searching provides an incomparable thrill. After a blistering mile-a-minute dialogue session that ends with our protagonist, Mark Zuckerberg, dumped by an exhausted girlfriend, we are carried away through the darkness of a college campus that seems to ring with an eerie dissonance. Before we know it, Mark’s hacking his way through Harvard’s computer system, punching out algorithms and digits in furious obsession with the pulse of a club beat score, his eyes finally wild with the excitement of the thing he knows best. This is his life, a synthetic patchwork of technological functionality and quick logic, yet lacking in any of the social identification business is so often built on. The irony of a network intended to connect and communicate created around betrayal and miscommunication is the central concept of the movie. But its ideas reach further, piercing a layer of 21st century living that nails the interconnected insularity exhibited by such a wired-in society. We may never leave our real human contact behind, but when pixilated universes end up becoming the bases to our daily lives, fought over and valued at billions, we realize we’re no longer living in the same domain; this is a world run by very different rules.

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