The Social Network – Falyn Goldstein

In The Social Network directed by David Finch, the story of Mark Zuckerberg, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is followed to show how Zuckerberg created a new concept that eventually turned into Facebook. 

The Social Network first begins by showing Mark Zuckerberg, Eisenberg, creating a platform to assess the attractiveness of women at Harvard. Though hated upon by the female population, two rowers, the Winklevoss twins, are intrigued by the platform Zuckerberg created. After further discussion, they extended a job to Zuckerberg as a programmer for their platform called the Harvard Connection. The movie goes on and we see Zuckerberg soon develop his idea for Facebook which was originally intended only to be a platform for Harvard students. Once creating the website, it spreads all over Harvard and the Winklevoss twins claim he stole their idea. Over time, Facebook continues to grow and expand to other schools, soon expanding nationwide.  

Personally, I love this movie, and watching it from the perspective of what I know Facebook to be today is really interesting. Comparing what Facebook started as to what it is now is pretty amazing and it allows the viewer to really grasp how the platform started, developed, and changed the world of social media. 

Coincidentally, today Facebook was shut down all over the world due to an unknown event. Recently there were accusations from a whistleblower as well who claimed the company spreads hate and misinformation, and they knowingly shut down safeguards to thwart misinformation. I found this all extremely relevant to the movie and think it is interesting to consider how reliant people are on social media. When Facebook was first created, nothing like it really existed, however nowadays, people portray their whole life on these platforms. During the shutdown today everyone was discussing concerns and I think it sparked fear over what to do about privacy and information if another event like this happened for a longer period of time. 

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