I remember exactly when I registered for Facebook. It was a sunny Southern California afternoon during the fall semester of my freshman year at Loyola Marymount University. I was sitting in my teacup-sized dorm room checking my email between classes when a message popped up from one of my best friends from home who was studying at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It was an invitation to join Facebook.
The thought of being able to stalk, I mean keep in touch with, all the Chicago friends I’d just left behind was thrilling. I immediately created a profile and set out on a friending spree. I believe my first-ever profile picture featured a semi-side ponytail, my Kairos necklace, and a backwards peace sign. Yes, I’ve come a long way.
It’s hard to fathom that whilst I was gleefully browsing the personal pictures of people I had just met in acting class, Mark Zuckerberg was in Palo Alto becoming a billionaire. Yet, less than a year previously, Mark was a college undergraduate just like myself. Well, maybe not just like myself. I was studying Chekhov and Psychology 101 while Mark was drunkenly hacking the entire Harvard network and getting millions of views on his site in mere hours. But still. He was a college junior. I had no idea at the time that Facebook was so new, nor did I realize the impact it would have on my life, or Mark’s.
Now, in 2010, Facebook has 500 million users worldwide, Mark Zuckerburg is the world’s youngest billionaire, and I’m…still using Facebook to look at pictures of my friends. Whatever. Everyone has a different path, Mark Zuckerberg. Just because I’m not a super computer genius. Oh, but how I wish I were.
I also wish my rise to success was the subject of the best live-action film of the year. Yes, I said it. The Social Network is a wonderful film, and, in my opinion, the best live-action film of the year thus far (I specify live-action because it wouldn’t be fair to judge anything against Toy Story 3 and Despicable Me. See them now!).
The Social Network adeptly weaves the story of Mark Zuckerberg’s journey from a hacking Harvard undergraduate to one of the most successful people in the world, showing both the social and legal ramifications of his actions. Not only is the story fascinating, it’s unbelievably well-written by Aaron Sorkin. Throughout the movie, I kept thinking how badly I would like to be friends with the impossibly quick-witted and intelligent Mark Zuckerberg, then realized that all those retorts were actually crafted by Aaron Sorkin. So, fine. I’d like to be both their friends. IRL, please.
The Social Network can either leave you extremely depressed or extremely inspired. You might be depressed because you had to sit through 2 hours of having not one, but two, geniuses rubbed in your face. Yes, that sucks. But, I still left inspired. Mark Zuckerberg is not just an ‘ideas’ person. He’s an action person with incredible ideas.
The notion of action is hugely important to the Urchins. Discussion is of course important too, and largely drives our online content. But ideas and ethics hardly matter unless they are acted upon. Mark Zuckerberg never thought, ‘This is a good idea. I’ll wait for someone else to do it’ or, ‘I’m going to think small with this.’ He realized Facebook’s limitless potential, and has continued striving for ingenuity.He has never thought, ‘This is good enough.’
So if you want to be inspired, entertained, intimidated, or any combination thereof, go see The Social Network. You will not regret it. There is, I must admit, one part of the film I did not like, but it only lasts a few minutes and I’m not going to tell you what it is, because I don’t want to influence what you might think. I guess I shouldn’t become a film critic.
But if you do see the film, let us know what you think. Also, speaking of Facebook, check out our page. Be our friend. We’re already yours.