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The Social Network

September 1, 2015

TSNSet in 2003 at Harvard University, misfit undergraduate genius Mark Zuckerberg on the rebound from being dumped and whilst being drunk, launched a website that was the forerunner of Facebook. This film imaginatively retells the story of the rise of Facebook and the two law suits that accompanied its early years.

Celebrity and status — Zuckerberg is portrayed as being obsessed with the mystique and prestige that surround Harvard’s exclusive societies. He also seems awe-struck in the presence of Sean Parker. Although secretive and reclusive, Zuckerberg is a celebrity — or is he a kind of anti-celebrity?.

Community: the need to be loved and accepted — Zuckerberg’s intellect meant that almost anything was within his grasp. However, his lack of social skills succeeded only in pushing people away — including his only friend Eduardo Saverin. Zuckerberg is portrayed as an isolated individual.

Morality and creativity — Clearly Zuckerberg is a genius, but how far do genius and creativity allow someone to bend or break the rules?

Saverin: ‘People had the ability to invite or not invite their friends to join. In a world where social structure was everything — that was the thing’.

Sean Parker: We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!
Mark Zuckerberg: I’m not a bad guy.
Marylin Delpy: I know that. When there’s emotional testimony, I assume that 85% of it is exaggeration.
Mark Zuckerberg: And the other fifteen?
Marylin Delpy: Perjury. Creation myths need a Devil.
Sean Parker: And you’re not a hugger, I know. [hugs Mark, while Mark resists]
[first lines]
Mark Zuckerberg: Did you know there are more people with genius IQs living in China than there are people of any kind living in the United States?
Erica Albright: That can’t possibly be true.
Mark Zuckerberg: It is.
Erica Albright: What would account for that?
Mark Zuckerberg: Well first, an awful lot of people live in China. But, here’s my question: how do you distinguish yourself in a population of people who all got 1600 on their SATs?
Erica Albright: I didn’t know they take SATs in China.
Mark Zuckerberg: They don’t. I wasn’t talking about China anymore, I was talking about me.
Tyler Winklevoss: This isn’t petty larceny. This idea is potentially worth millions of dollars.
Larry Summers: Millions!
Cameron Winklevoss: Yes.
Larry Summers: You might just be letting your imaginations run away with you.
Tyler Winklevoss: Sir, I honestly don’t think you’re in any position to make that call.
Larry Summers: I was the U.S. Treasury Secretary. I’m in some position to make that call.
Tyler Winklevoss: Letting our imaginations run away with us is exactly what we were told to do in your freshmen address.
Larry Summers: Then I would suggest that you let your imaginations run away with you on a new project.
Cameron Winklevoss: You would?
Larry Summers: Yes. Everyone at Harvard’s inventing something. Harvard undergraduates believe that inventing a job is better than finding a job. So, I’ll suggest again that the two of you come up with a new new project.
Cameron Winklevoss: I’m sorry, sir, but that’s not the point.
Larry Summers: Please, arrive at the point.
Tyler Winklevoss: You don’t have to be an intellectual property expert to understand the difference between right and wrong.
Larry Summers: And you’re saying that I don’t?
Cameron Winklevoss: Of course I’m not saying that, sir.
Tyler Winklevoss: I’m saying that.
Larry Summers: Really?

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