Film: The Social Network

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I would like to use the deconstructive method, to analyze The Social Network. The social network appeals to a teenage/young adult audience. Like a lot of movies that appeal to younger audiences, the idea of acceptance or popularity comes in to play. Most people always crave or strive to be apart of that “in crowd”. In the movie, Mark Zuckerberg dealt with the same issue. The Social Network shows how Zuckerberg is an outcast for many reasons, but mostly because of his lack of social skills. The movie also shows how Zuckerberg (someone who likes control) finds that “control” through the creation of facebook. Throughout the movie viewers can see the extent to which Zuckerberg wants to be cool and be a part of elite finals club, Phoenix. The movie’s opening scene is at the college pub where Zuckerberg is talking to his girlfriend (at that time), Erica Albright. Their conversation is about the Finals Clubs, and Zuckerberg starts to talk about ,the Phoenix club in particular. During their conversation he says to her how if he was to make it into the Phoenix club, he would be able to introduce Erica to people she wouldn’t normally meet. This misogynistic and derogatory comment sets Albright off and she breaks up with him, leaving him with one of the most memorable lines from the movie: “ You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you're going to go through life thinking that girls don't like you because you're a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won't be true. It'll be because you're an asshole” (The Social Network). This line sets the tone for the rest of the movie. It is because of what Albright says that Zuckerberg eventually creates facebook, it was because of the anger ... ... middle of paper ... ...appens in real life too; you can’t just be someone’s friend—they have to let you in. Yet, even though he is the creator of Facebook he cant just be “friends” with her so he just refreshes the page constantly. Zuckerberg’s obsessive refreshing of the page places such significance on the almost minute importance of having the friend request “accepted”. This act mirrors we can see ourselves in, and we can see what happens to us as consumers of social networking sites. Additionally, the final scene signifies Zuckerberg’s self induced social suicide. Zuckerberg gave up his only “true” friendship for money in the end. Facebook becomes starts to become his only link to the world. Though, what we learn by the end of the movie is that society and social circles have a life of their own, they are their own machine, that we can never rise above but merely become a part of.

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