The Social Network … What’s on your mind?


David Fincher’s new film The Social Network is the story of Mark Zuckerberg and the birth of the website that changed the way we all communicate. Today becoming someones friend on Facebook is precedent to real interaction, and while at first I was surprised to hear that someone like Fincher would consider making this movie it’s becoming more and more clear to me that this is a story everyone should hear. The site that spawned from the book Ivy League upper-class men used to identify potential sexually conquerable freshmen girls with low self-esteem is now a viral promotional tool for everyday people. Whether they are promoting their own healthy lifestyle, an event, or even their relationship status is of trivial importance. What’s interesting to me is that Facebook has convinced people to believe that the residual image of themselves is a malleable construct. Impervious to the notion of internalizing the judgments of others and allowing for people to project their own facade, be it genuine or not, through hundreds of photos and status updates. This small template on Facebook’s home page has effectively turned millions of people into easily amused pundits spouting lavish excitement for something as mundane as enjoying a breakfast bagel.There have been different ideas about this commending Facebook as a modern day self-service that rewards vanity with a proverbial back-pat, a virtual ‘thumbs-up!’ But in a society where technology is disguised as vital appendages, associating disconnection with privation, the line between online pseudo-reality and actuality begins to blur. And while we live vicariously though our projected self-schemata, shunning negativity and harsh realities as a product of a sort of social neurosis, are we slowly but steadily drifting into a sea of naivety? There is a delicate sadness to this and judging by the ominous feel of the trailer it seems I’m not the only one sees it. The more I think about it the more suitable it seems to me that Trent Reznor agreed to score the film. The Social Network premiers October 1st.

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~ by Santiago on July 24, 2010.

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