As much as I wish and don’t wish at the same time that The Social Network be called The Facebook movie later on it is the idea of tagging that has been researched , analysed and speculated during the phenomenal growth of our dear old Facebook.
It’s become some sort of our alter-ego, hasn’t it? There are people loitering , crawling and stalking on the web on the blue header-ed page than on the streets and even when there on the streets , they are FB-mobile. They make sure they are, even when watching a movie . They might not have a life but they have a FaceBook account. A profile to post pictures , make comments , feel better and show everyone how awesome your life is, atleast in FB.
And yeah , they share everything from links to likes . So much of sharing that it has become one huge , dense ego.
Before starting on the demon that has woken up are useless egos due this “exclusivity” regime that Zucker-nerdy-berg pulled off , have a look at this.
Anyways , this exclusivity was neither an invention nor a discovery. It was a speculation by Mark Zuckerberg, the unsociable Harvard programmer played by Jesse Eisenberg (Remember Zombies?). Both Andrew Garfield (who playes Saverin, his room-mate)and Eisenberg have had a knack for the highly intelligent-socially challenged quirk characters.
Zombieland made use of Eisenberg’s narrative skills and The Squid and The Whale, his uncanny awkwardness . Garfield’s Anton in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus was the ugliest persona not to mention Boy A. But here , we see the true success of perfect casting.
Fincher has grown. There are no more escapist techniques deviating from the hard narrative present, like in Fight Club. In fact , right from Zodiac you sense a metamorphosis . It is rich dialogue driven unfolding of the biggest social network and the youngest millionaire, sorry, billionaire in the world. His next project , a Hollywood remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo, too, stands testimony to the fact that he is attracted to elaborate, patient cinema.
The Social Network is about Zuckerberg’s unique genius , which usually is more hard reason-ed, leading to a great invention, whereas in his case, he had the ability to play with infinite variables and made them create his invention. An act of speculative genius. He knew that a network has to be there and it should work more on its own. “Advertisements can wait”, he says (ofcourse later on it changed). It is that unique genius that has made the overnight-night-instant-hit Facemash into today’s FaceBook (apparently half-stolen , but it seems like a who-cares-?-moment, now)and still making it a success. It owns us more than us owning it because it reckons being more than a mere profile page. When you see both Saverin’s Asian girlfriend and Sean Parker’s arbit one-night-stand some might relate with utter shame. Boringly,Saverin’s differences with Zuckerberg was the main focal point of the movie. Justin Timberlake plays Sean Parker , the only one who could side-line with Zuckerberg’s ego. Apart from that, nothing extreme is revealed in the film for Zuckerberg made more enemies and drank more Mountain Dew than the amount of people he actually opened to (look for the opening shot in the nerd-pub where he talks to Erica Albright, the apparent reason for his thirst for success and feeling alike).
So, I presume a prophet whispered , with Orkut’s sudden downfall , there came a rising blue trend among all the hush-hush and secrecy to take over the millions of spiders on the web to this intangible sad-show of a Social network and somewhere up the ladder an unsociable Mark Zuckerberg smiles into his dollar billion. Its growth shall be seen only upward for the human ego knows only to climb.
BTW, Zuckerberg is color-blind (has difficulty to distinguish between green and red ) So the blue.