Last night, we perched ourselves on the love seat we slide in from the front room to watch movies…We watched the Social Network. The Facebook story. The Mark Zuckerberg story. The billionaire Harvard student. The film is fascinating. I cannot claim to be any type of “computer programming prodigy” as Zuckerberg has been labeled. However, I do understand enough computer programming lingo to be impressed by the creation of Facebook and it’s growing number of hits per day…hour…minute…second Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world due to his creation of this social network.
“The Social NetworkA movie based on Zuckerberg and the founding years of Facebook, called The Social Network, was released on October 1, 2010, and stars Jesse Eisenberg as Zuckerberg. After Zuckerberg was told about the film, he responded, “I just wished that nobody made a movie of me while I was still alive.” Also, after the film’s script was leaked on the Internet and it was apparent that the film would not portray Zuckerberg in a wholly positive light, he stated that he wanted to establish himself as a “good guy”.
The Social Network is based on the book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich, which the book’s publicist once described as “big juicy fun” rather than “reportage.” The film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin told New York magazine, “I don’t want my fidelity to be to the truth; I want it to be to storytelling,” adding, “What is the big deal about accuracy purely for accuracy’s sake, and can we not have the true be the enemy of the good?”
According to Sorkin’s script, Zuckerberg created Facebook to elevate his stature after not getting into any of the elite final clubs at Harvard. Yet Zuckerberg told The New Yorker he had no interest in joining the final clubs.” (wikipedia, 2010)
I realize this film is not 100% accurate as the Jesse Eisenberg is not Mark Zuckerberg…and the film is solely to portray the story. Thus, I may have to give the credit to Aaron Sorkin for his screenwriting. Zuckerberg’s persona in the film was wildly comical as his witty remarks and intelligence was-not even for a moment, predictable.
“Mark Zuckerberg has led the way for so many young tech entrepreneurs to take the leap of faith, drop out of school and chase their dreams. While many opinions are mixed on Zuckerberg for his geeky arrogant ways and alleged wrongdoings, one thing is for certain–his idea caught on like wildfire.” (http://under30ceo.com/mark-zuckerberg-prepares-for-facebook-movie-and-ipo/”
à mon avis the film is perfection. It’s just what the world needs (I’m focusing on the positive here). THANK YOU, Mark! We need to see that our creativity can reach the same magnitude as Zuckerberg’s. His advanced computer skills enabled him to create Facebook, yes. Although, we all have the same creative abilities. Whether or not they are working for us is where fine-tuning may be lacking. Do you have a great idea? I’m reminded of this TED talk: http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html
Let your creative juices flow~~~~~~~
this is how I expressed my creativity quite some time ago…not quite computer programming :O