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The Social Network

A simple idea on how to connect college students by the web turned into a multimillion dollar company. The ever popular social network, Facebook, has gotten the attention of almost every generation. I have everyone from my grandma to my little cousins as “friends” on Facebook.

This film demonstrates how the creator of Facebook took an idea so simple and ran with it. Now businesses are run through Facebook and everyone can stay connected across the planet.

The Social Network is so intriguing and it is easy to get caught up in the film. The director of The Social Network, David Fincher, did a tremendous job with putting the audience into the individual characters perspectives. Every time someone gets the short end of a deal or hurt by a friend, partner, or date, you can feel the pain and hurtful feelings those characters are experiencing.

When the Winklevoss twins give Mark Zuckerberg the idea of “The Harvard Connection” Mark agrees to help them complete their goal. Instead of helping them he is secretly forming Facebook without informing them. Once Facebook is made, he gives no credit to the twins who had the idea. They feel they have been horribly mistreated and deserve a chunk of the profits for the idea. It is sad that their idea was used without them knowing and they get no credit for the project that they set out to do. With the way we are put into their perspective as an audience, it really makes us see how the twins feel they have been wronged.

Mark’s best friend, Eduardo Saverin, had a hand in the project as well. Eduardo Saverin funded the project whenever Mark needed more money to keep the process rolling. Eduardo was interested in the financial aspect of Facebook and Mark did not have to worry about any of it until Mark met Sean Parker, the creator of Napster. Eduardo was cut short of the deal and lost his investments into the company. Not only did his business partner turn on him but Eduardo was Marks only friend. Eduardo felt so hurt and abandoned after all the work he put into it. As a viewer we could feel the betrayal and hurt that Eduardo was feeling because of what his “friend” did to him. They portrayed his disappointment on his face and by what he did so well to cue us in on what he was feeling.

By the end you begin to feel sorry for the other parties involved and start to dislike Mark Zuckerberg. This film really opens eyes about how businesses are started and how insiders are treated after the business takes off and profits are being collected. In a film it is important for the audience to feel something, in The Social Network you definitely feel the pain and disappointment of the characters that worked so hard to make Facebook what it is today. It makes you think you were the only getting cut short by the way you feel for the individual characters and the dislike you have toward the man who created all of the regrets for them.

Greg Maki, a writer for Star Democrat, says “A classic American story of capitalism and greed, friendship and betrayal, fueled by envy and lost innocence.” This shows others could see the pain and frustrations others faced in the process of creating Facebook. The Social Network does a great job with displaying emotions of all people involved.