Will Moviegoers Connect with The Social Network?

Will Moviegoers Connect with The Social Network?

Will Moviegoers Connect with The Social Network?

One of the most anticipated movies of the year is set to make its nationwide debut in theaters.  The Social Network tells the semi-factual, semi-Hollywood story of how Facebook came to be.  Early reviews of the movie, directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin, have lauded it as one of the best movies of the year, but many wonder if it tells the real story of how Facebook came to be.

The movie focuses on Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg and his creation of the most popular site in the history of the Internet.  At the time Facebook was created, Zuckerberg was a self-admitted geeky sophomore at Harvard.  In the movie, Zuckerberg gets even with a girlfriend after she dumps him by lashing out at her on his blog.  In state of drunkenness, Zuckerberg goes on to create a “hot or not” type of website to rate the co-eds on the Harvard campus.  This initial website would prove to be the catalyst for Facebook according to the movie.

After a pair of wealthy and popular Harvard students contact Zuckerberg to create a Harvard dating website, he takes the idea a step further and creates a place where friends can share information and ideas with each other over the web and called it The Facebook.  The site, originally only open to Harvard students, eventually opened to other Ivy League schools, then Stanford, and most other universities in the states, until it ultimately became open to the public.

In between creation and world domination, the movie focuses on the battles Zuckerberg fought to retain the rights to the website.  Between lawsuits filed from investors and competition and Zuckerberg partnering with Napster creator Sean Parker, the movie paints the creator as a power hungry geek willing to do anything and walkover anyone to attain his desired social status.  Zuckerberg has denied that the theme presented in the movie was his motivation for creating the incredibly popular social networking site.


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