The Social Network

I decided to go see The Social Network on it’s premiere day here in the US, October 1st — a rainy Friday perfect for trying out the American movie theater experience. Jesse Eisenberg plays the role of Mark Zuckerberg in a way that makes you like him even though he acts like an asshole at times, because you understand his brilliance. It’s interesting to see how the fact that Zuckerberg was the geek — and in many ways just the observer of the main social scene at Harvard — made him understand the social mechanisms better than he probably would have if he was in the middle of it all. Facebook could never have been created by the Harvard social elite (as we also see in the movie) because they would not have the ability to dissect the social interaction and the social codes between humans in the same way. I believe that not understanding a domain fully probably is the best way of creating innovations, because you can more easily question what others take for granted. I enjoyed the movie a lot, and found myself being torn between feeling sorry for Zuckerberg, and just extremely impressed by his intelligence, his vision, his courage, and his hilarious, dry comments.

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