The Social Network

Saw The Social Network last night. Loved it. Watch the trailer…

1. In the universe that this movie creates, girls exist to have sex with and humiliate you and to be insane and to be efficient interns (who you have sex with).

2. A lot has been said about the culture of Ivy League schools, and yeah, I get it, they’re different. Probably nothing like any of the Australian universities I’ve been to. But this film really brought home just how different the culture really is.  It is an entirely different universe to the mainstream Australian university student universe (even at the most elite Australian universities).

I think it’s the absolute confidence that they are all destined for greatness. Greatness isn’t a possibility, it’s an inevitability.  I know some pretty confident people and I know some people who think they have been put on this earth to achieve something special, but everyone I’ve ever met seems positively humble compared to the vibe this movie projected. Maybe it’s a fiction and Aaron Sorkin got it wrong, but I don’t think so.


3 thoughts on “The Social Network

  1. Benjamin

    I haven’t seen it yet, but the premise does seem to capture the dark side of a typical nerdy guy, that is usally portrayed as harmless (e.g. Revenge of the Nerds).

    One thing I don’t necessarily agree with is that Sorkin’s suggestion (in interviews) that Zuckerberg is “a genius”, but honestly there are a lot of guys hammering away at sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and some just happen to have the right site at the right time; and a lot of Facebook’s success comes from the inherent nature of social networks – your family and friends need to sign up to be a part of it. All you need is critical mass to become a success.

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