The Social Network

The Social NetworkDir. David Fincher. Perf. Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Cameron and Taylor Winklevoss. Columbia Picture, 1 October 2010. DVD

 The Social Network is the film based on the creation of Facebook, and what was going on with Mark Zuckerberg´s (the creator) life during the making of the website and the years that followed. The film begins with Mark breaking up with a girl and after having a few drinks with his roommates he ended up creating a website called “FaceMash,” that was based on rating the attractiveness of women. It rapidly got millions of views and ended up crashing Harvard’s network. This gave Mark huge popularity around campus and he attracted the attention of the Winklevoss twins, who hired him as the programmer for a website they wanted to create called “Harvard Connection.” Then Mark approached his best friend with the idea of “Facebook,” who after listening to him agreed to give him financial aid for the project. Slowly the site started getting popularity in Harvard so Mark decided to expand to Yale, Columbia and Stanford University. Then Facebook attracted the attention of Sean Parker, the co-founder of Napster, who became his advisor. Meanwhile, Mark had two lawsuits, one from the Winklevoss twins claiming he stoll their idea and the other from his ex-best friend, and the “ex-financial advisor” of Facebook, Eduardo Saverin, claiming that when the website started generating money, his shares got diluted.  Even though the movie is showing something that happened in real life and does not have a concrete theme, one can deduce different things from these events of Mark´s life. On one hand, you don´t have to be old to reach your goals. If you work hard and dedicate yourself, you can accomplish what you want. On the other hand, you have to stick to your values and your opinion and never give in and acknowledge that some one else is right when you know you are right.  The subject of the movie is not humorous, but Mark (or the actor in the movie) is. When he talks and expresses himself there´s satire and irony in his voice. With phrases like “you know, you don’t need a forensics team to get to the bottom of this. If you were the inventors of Facebook, you would have invented Facebook.” And “I didn´t know that, tell me more” when being told that he was being sued by his best friend there is clear tone of sarcasm and mock in his voice. Also, even the headline of the movie “you don’t get 500 million friends without getting a few enemies,” is a clear example of hyperbole and irony. 


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