The Social Network: Myth vs. Reality
After a weekend spent out of town for work, the first thing I wanted to do upon arriving back home was to see The Social Network, the David Fincher-Aaron Sorkin drama on the founding of social networking giant Facebook. This movie intrigued me from the moment I saw the official trailer a few months ago. While I enjoyed the narrative dramatization, I was curious how much fact was mixed in with the fiction.
Here are three articles I found immediately after seeing the film. They provide some interesting insights and critiques of the movie. Vanity Fair’s David Kirkpatrick profiled the real-life Sean Parker in With a Little Help From His Friends, Jezebel’s Irin Carmon looked at the film’s portrayal of women compared to their role in the story’s actual history in The Social Network, Where Women Never Have Ideas, and Slate’s Nathan Heller takes a look at the inaccuracies in Fincher and Sorkin’s depiction of Harvard in You Can’t Handle the Veritas.
All this reaction is certainly proving that Mark Zuckerberg was right to not pay any attention to the film or worry what it would do to his reputation. With all the comparison articles coming out, the world is getting to know the real Zuck, too.
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