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Friday, October 8, 2010

A Social Network

The movie,  Social Network is a brilliant telling of the founding of Facebook, with some editorializing to be sure. But this does not take away from what director David Fincher has achieved here in this film.  It is a great insight into what the current minds of internet invention might be like, and the world they inhabit. Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg is terrific as the obsessed nerd who will do anything to ensure the survival of his baby. Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker, the flawed genius and founder of Napster, is also impressive. Andrew Garfield as the thwarted cofounder of Facebook is great as well. I feel there are parallels between this story and 29 pieces.  Zuckerberg had an obsessive concern in the founding of Facebook. His desire was to make the site cool and desirable to his audience without regard to money or notoriety.  In any enterprise, it is the passion of the founder, the person with the vision which drives the project. And it is that person's main job to assemble people around them, to inspire those people with that same passion, to be resolute in their selection and to make sure that they are the right people to help in the success of the project. 29 pieces could be a social network, not in the same sense as Facebook but in a more profound and meaningful way. It is our job to help Karen Blessen achieve that goal.
– John Katz



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