Movie Review: The Social Network

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Movie Review: The Social Network

The movie “The Social Network” is told through flashbacks via deposition hearings for two concurrent lawsuits, and the development during the early days of the social networking website Facebook is presented. Harvard students Mark Zuckerberg and Eduardo Saverin – officially listed as the co-founders of the website – were once best friends. Based on an online blog about his ex-girlfriend and a site he developed allowing its users to rate the hotness factor of girls on campus, Zuckerberg, who exhibited a streak of arrogance, was asked by fellow students at Harvard, wealthy twins Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, and their friend Divya Narendra, to enter into an agreement to develop a social networking website specifically for Harvard students. The main attraction of the domain would be for people to visit it being its exclusivity solely to Harvard students, and Zuckerberg agreed.

However, Zuckerberg, with financing from his friend Saverin, decided instead to develop his own website without telling the “Winklevi” (as he calls the twins) and Narenda. Zuckerberg’s assertion was that he never used a line of code provided by the three in his work. As “thefacebook” as it was then called began to blossom, the twins and Narenda had to figure out what to do to regain what they believed their intellectual property without having to sue, since that’s not what gentlemanly Harvardites do. As the site was brought to more and more university campuses, Zuckerberg and Saverin began to have a difference of opinion: Saverin wanted to sell ad space to generate revenue (as he had been the website’s sole financier and he had profit mentality based on being an economics major), while Zuckerberg, never one interested in money, didn’t want to go that route as the ads would make the site lose its “cool” factor, which made it popular. The site attracted the attention of the founder of Napster, Sean Parker, whose own dot com life had its spectacular ups and spectacular downs. As Parker integrated himself into Facebook’s life and Zuckerberg began increasingly to side with Parker, Saverin slowly began to be phased out of both Zuckerberg’s personal and professional life.

In my opinion, the biggest irony about this movie is the irony between Zuckerberg’s career and state in his personal life at the end of the movie. He basically makes millions of dollars throughout his career creating a website that encourages social interactions, and a platform for people to engage with each other. However, at the end of the movie, there is nobody more alone than Zuckerberg himself. He pushed out so many people in his life through the process of creating Facebook, that in the end that is basically all he has to show for himself.


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