I finally watched “The Social Network” last night. I’ve wanted to see it since it came out in theaters, but I waited patiently for it to go to DVD. I thought the plot seemed intriguing because I started college about a year after the site was created, but I was also intrigued by the production of the film and the overall visual quality. Plus I’m a big fan of Jesse Eisenberg.
First of all, I did find the movie to be fascinating. The evolution of the internet, specifically through social media platforms, is incredible. The rate at which our society propelled itself into virtual communication and online social environments is astounding. Throughout the movie, you periodically see the date at the bottom of the screen, showing just how quickly Facebook came into existence.
The most important message I got from the film can be summarized by this quote from Sean Parker, played by Justin Timberlake, “We lived on farms, then we lived in cities, and now we’re going to live on the internet!” (Quote from imdb.com).
I don’t recall the main characters at any point in the film discussing the ramifications of the network they were creating. I’m sure it was difficult to summarize the beginning of Facebook in its entirety in 2 hours, but I wonder if Mark Zuckerburg and Eduardo Savarin ever considered what this leap would mean for our generation and our future. I suppose the quote above, if it portrays reality, indicates that there was some thought behind the transition.
Don’t get me wrong, I use Facebook frequently, but now I’m talking about the overall online experience. The internet has become a massive resource containing answers to virtually all of our problems. Search engines have played a huge part in this. Just yesterday, I Googled “replacing cup holder subaru forester” (I think my dilemma is pretty obvious) and the top results were discussion board conversations. Not only was it my instinct to search for this answer online, but the most relevant pages were online chats in which various people took part. This solution was incredibly convenient, but are there downsides to using the internet excessively? This was only a small, somewhat insignificant, example, but as a society are we fostering certain social inadequacies by “living” online?