The Social Network: A Review

Despite being the IGNITE blog social media writer, I somehow, shockingly, didn’t see The Social Network when it was in theaters last fall! When I went to visit a couple of friends last weekend, they immediately decided they would right my errant ways and we’d watch it. I’m so glad they did! Many of you have probably already seen the movie, a dramatized version of the creation of Facebook. But, just in case you haven’t yet, consider this blog post a nudge to get out there and see it!

Telling the story of the creation of Facebook didn’t sound particularly compelling to me, and that’s probably why I didn’t see it. I love Facebook, but I wasn’t very interested in more “Facebook drama” than I already have. But, any story is interesting if it’s told well, and this one was exceedingly well crafted. Splicing the timeline of the creation of Facebook with scenes from two different lawsuits that came from the events, gave the story a real intrigue and good pacing. The characters involved in this tale, are pretty fascinating, even if they’re not (but perhaps because they aren’t) exactly sympathetic.

Plus, let’s not forget that this is a story of a YP entrepreneur! Many of us in IGNITE would consider ourselves peers of Mark Zuckerburg: we were in college at the same time, and we experienced the changing landscape of Facebook from the beginning. It’s amazing to think that Facebook, this daily force in our lives, didn’t even exist 10 years ago.

You have to take the characterizations of some of these people with a grain of salt. It’s definitely over-the-top in some ways, but it’s relevant and might give you a new perspective on the world of technology.

If you’ve seen the movie already, what did you think? And, if you haven’t already, why are you still here? Go watch it! (Then come back and let me know what you thought!)

Cheers,
Anthea

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~ by Anthea on January 27, 2011.

One Response to “The Social Network: A Review”

  1. I really liked it! I thought it was well made and so interesting. I love that it is a story of betrayal, growing up and the business world all combined. Besides, what would Facebook be if there wasn’t a little bit of drama?? 🙂

    -Caitlin

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