The Social Network

 

Sometimes I record films to look at later – usually they are movies that I feel I ought to look at, or ones that will make it easier to understand a situation or a person. The Social Network covers both categories.

The way that communication has changed over the last 30 or 40 years has been phenomenal. Sometimes I look at my grandchildren and wonder what life will be like for them when they are my age. They are wired in to texting, emailing, and facebooking (for the older ones.) I stand back and feel dizzy at the mini-whirlwind surrounding them all. To a certain extent my own online world is the same. Texting is not so prevalent for me, mainly because the mobile signal at home is usually non-existant.

That’s the background to my desire to watch this film, which is about the creation of facebook and also covers some of the relationships and ups and downs along the way. At first I found the speed of the dialogue hard to follow, as well as the rapid switching and cutting between scenes. However, perseverance paid off and the whole story unfolds in a way that involves the viewer in the excitement of the development of what is now a well-known social phenomenon.

Has anyone else watched it?

 

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4 Responses to The Social Network

  1. LC says:

    Hubby and i will probably see iton TV after the next tech revolution has outdated that movie. We rarely go to theatres or rent movies.I guess we qualify for STIM status (old stick in the mud)!

    I keep saying our kids and grandkids consider digital tools with the same “take-it-for-granted” confidence that we had with pencils!

  2. Dianne says:

    I will probably never watch this film. I don’t watch many films, and must be very choosy about what I watch. I did buy the DVD of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency you recommended, however (for Christmas viewing when favorite shows are in reruns).

    Working for an international telecommunications firm, I grew up with the tech revolution beginning with computer main frames and punch cards. I for one think Mr. Jobs receives far too much credit for his contribution to this field. As for social networking, social scientists, lawyers, and librarians were doing it with each other when it wasn’t a geek kid thing.

  3. Anita says:

    Yes, I did. I liked it. Having started an internet based business myself, I understood the heady thrill when things started taking off.
    I also liked the fact that Zuckerberg seemed to be divining what people wanted and giving it to them–which is the essence of good business.
    In this case, he seemed to be creating the demand which he would later satisfy, which in fact is very clever business!!

  4. Sheila says:

    I enjoyed it and felt the same as you at first. It was so fast moving! I was enthralled with the dynamics of the personalities. I loved watching it all unfold and am thankful that it did since in my life of travelling, staying connected is very important to me.

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