Social Network 10/11/2010
 
I just watched The Social Network over the weekend. It turned out to be entertaining, but on premise alone it isn’t something that I would typically pay to see in theatres.  I must be alone on that because the film was ranked number one in box office sales for the second week in a row, bringing its 10-day total to $46.1 million.

                I had gone in expecting to see a dramatized version of the history of Facebook.  I got just that, and then some.  The movie was also able to tell a story of greed, envy, and deceit.  David Fincher directed the film written by Aaron Sorkin, inspired by the book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook – A Tale of Sex, Money, Genius, and Betrayal by Ben Mezrich. 

                I thought Fincher took an interesting approach to telling the story by inserting scenes of two of Facebook’s major lawsuits throughout the story. It is hard to say how much artistic license was taken for the sake of entertainment purposes, but none the less I felt it was a good depiction of one of the biggest ideas of the decade.

                It is amazing that one idea can generate so much buzz, and revenue, and conflict.  What’s more impressive is that it could come to fruition through the work of a couple of college kids in a dorm room.  It shows that now is a time of emerging media which can be incredibly profitable.   For those interested in the field of communication and business alike it is becoming increasingly important to stay involved in what the latest trends are just to play in a level playing field.  One might not come up with the next big idea but they mig be able to capitalize from it if they know how to use it.      



 


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