The Social Network

Many of you will know my aversion to going to the cinema, but Matt finally dragged me along last night to see The Social Network and I absolutely loved it. It had facinating dialogue, great acting, a clever soundtrack, wonderful sets and locations, etc, etc.

But most of all I loved it because I was in the story. That’s right. I was there.

This wasn’t a flight of fancy film that took me to another time or another world. This wasn’t a film about unusual situations or character traits that I could never aspire to. This film told the story of the technology that I have used every day since early high school, and it made me feel so so good.

I still can’t get over the way that it started with Livejournal! Take that, all my friends out there on WordPress and Blogger! As the film opened with Mark Zuckerburg updating his LJ in the (American) winter of 2003 while he hacked into all the Harvard facebooks, all I could think was:

“Ohmygoodness – that is almost exactly when I set up my Livejournal!”

And on and on it went. His html as he updated his LJ, the lines of code written as Facebook took off, the gradual development of the website to look more and more like the product we interact with everyday. I was watching the characters do the things I do and the things I watch my friends do. The things we are all doing right now. I know it was also a sad story about what happens to people who lose sight of relationships, but underlying all of those serious messages I was experiencing something like an adrenalin rush: I can place myself in this story.

But then not everybody would have responded like that. Towards the end of the film, a guy a couple of seats across from me leaned over to his partner and whispered:

“What’s ‘blogging’?”

Oh well. I guess it’s also a great film for exposing generation gaps.


14 thoughts on “The Social Network

  1. tibbycat

    Generation INTERNETS

    This is cool to hear. I must get myself to a cinema this weekend and see it.

    Ahh, 2003. That’s when I made my LJ account too.

    As useful as Facebook is, I feel kinda sad that LJ isn’t the popular social networking place to meet new people online like it used to be. Facebook to me is like an online address book full of people you already know in some capacity. Whereas LJ to me was like an online nerd convention when you met other nerds and often got to know them in person too. (it still is, but it’s not as popular as it used to be as XKCD’s recent map of the internet shows.

    1. Alison Post author

      Re: Generation INTERNETS

      That map is one of my favourite visual data things ever.

      I don’t know if I’d call LJ a nerd convention 😛 But I definitely love the way you actually get to know new people here.

      1. tibbycat

        Re: Generation INTERNETS

        Heh, exactly. I find that I don’t meet new people on Facebook. Just people that I already know :/

        Speaking of people I met sorta on LJ, did you get my reply email? Did you want to catch up sometime? 🙂

      2. Alison Post author

        Re: Generation INTERNETS

        I will send you a message 🙂
        P.S. I love that this thread has just proved how awesomely social LiveJournal is. LJ win.

    2. dumsum

      Re: Generation INTERNETS

      Facebook groups / fan pages can be used to meet new people if need be. Discussion forums are probably still the best thing for that though. Aside from Real Life™, of course.

      1. tibbycat

        Re: Generation INTERNETS

        I’ve only ever met someone new that way off Facebook once. It was this girl with whom I used to catch the train. She was engaged to an American guy during the time that I was engaged to Kristi. Kristi and I were in some long distance relationship group on Facebook, and this girl and I recognized each other on the Facebook group. Never happened since though.

        Heh, Real Life ™. I love the page on that on tv tropes.

  2. dumsum

    Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails) worked on the soundtrack. He’s a genius 🙂

    I’m semi-interested in the film. I’m usually fairly okay with heavily dramatised films loosely based on real events but for some reason the entire concept of this film irks me.

  3. Alison Post author

    Oh yes! I need to see that one!
    But I am waiting for it on DVD (almost time), because of that thing that I have about going to the movies… 😛


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