Zuckerberg cheats us

The Monster Facebook: The Social Network is the best movie of the decade

The Social Network declared social media to be a threat to our coexistence. David Fincher didn't make a film on Facebook for this, but made one about assholes. First place in our best films of the decade.

That film, Mark Zuckerberg said in 2014, made up a lot of stuff that hurt him. Writing codes and using them to create a product is probably not glamorous enough to make a film about it. "That made it pretty difficult to take it seriously." Zuckerberg recognizes, but does not understand, the valuable indifference of The Social Network to the certainly exciting subtleties of programming, which at most computer scientists would be happy about.

The Social Network is just as uninterested in it as it is in historical accuracy or any form of imitation at all. The Social Network rises above the annoying details with which other biopics put on the protective suit of authenticity that protects them from nothing other than the accusation of being inauthentic.

There would certainly have been actors who looked more like Mark Zuckerberg than Jesse Eisenberg. And there would certainly have been scriptwriters and directors who would have made a film that Mark Zuckerberg would have liked better. The Social Network could have been a normal, boring biopic.

Exciting facts about The Social Network

Fortunately, it isn't. Fortunately, nobody tried that. With Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher softening the real-world framing and transforming the case into their story, The Social Network became the film about Social media in general. Or simply: A film about people and their relationship to friendship, trust and the abuse of trust.

Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg

Jesse Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg is the prototype of the internet scumbag

Jesse Eisenberg, who plays Mark Zuckerberg, looks no more like his role model than any other pale, thin man with curly hair. Much more interesting is what the film does with the raw material of the pop figure Mark Zuckerberg. Namely a man who speaks superhumanly, insulted women on the Internet, steal ideas worth billions (maybe), betrayed his best friend (maybe) and cheated on him for no reason (maybe). The prototype of the internet scumbag.

The film rewrites this mark as the hateful nucleus of the monster Facebook, which in one moment of all of its human weaknesses, fears and hatred Rejection and mortification programmed into his creation. In a parallel montage early in the film, an angry, relaxed Mark with blinkers storms across the Harvard campus, the idea of ​​FaceMash is already ripening in his head.

The Social Network sensed the spread of hatred on the Internet

Images flash of fraternity brothers celebrating, real life, who have everything that Mark doesn't have. In fact, when it was founded, Mark Zuckerberg was in a relationship with his current wife, Priscilla Chan. But that doesn't matter, because the result of this evening, Facebook, becomes, just like the film, a work that we can reread and reinterpret in the context of moving time.

The film then shows in the creeping Creation process of the monster Facebookhow unprepared people are taken by anonymous attacks on the internet. He foresees the eerie, the ghostly aspect of the vengeful online profile.

For example, it is important that a friend of Erica Albright (Rooney Mara) does terrible things to her reads outthat Mark wrote about her on the internet. Everyone saw it before you saw her. Everyone knows. This is reflected in Rooney Mara's horrified face Powerlessness of all subsequent victims of cyber bullying and hate speech.

Pure horror: Rooney Mara on The Social Network

The importance of The Social Network through the ages

Whenever Facebook has moved on in the past 9 years since The Social Network was released, so did the movie. With every shift in reality, the angle of view of the work changes and brings about new insights.

2010, the year of its publication, The Social Network may still seem like a perhaps even somewhat naive reflection on that Economization of friendships have worked. "You can't make 500 million friends without making a few enemies" emblazoned as subtitles on the cinema posters. The Zuckerberg in the film creates a digital network that is supposed to pull human lives together in a fictional space, while the friendships in the film gradually break up.

Facebook now has 1.9 billion members worldwide, but it raises completely different concerns. At that time, for example, nobody thought about sharing and disseminating newspaper articles on Facebook. Today, social media experts are sure that the Facebook algorithm and the controlled distribution of fake news has at least helped to decide a US presidential election.

Compared to the overwhelming presence of Facebook, the lonely end of the film seems fragile. We watch the famous founder thrown back on his human shadow in the dim light of the laptop. Hoping for some distant emotion in empty digital space.

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