By: Alexandria “Wisteria” Prejido, Staff Writer
Apparently, Facebook’s popularity was not enough — Hollywood decided to make a movie out of the popular worldwide social network. “The Social Network” tells the story of Facebook and how it came to be a global phenomenon. The movie surrounds the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, and his creation of a social website.
The year was 2003, and the expensive and exclusive availability of technology became more affordable to the masses. The Internet allows people to keep in touch with each other halfway around the world. Harvard undergrad and computer programmer, Zuckerberg, through heated blogging and programming, composed a website with the potential to alter the communication and fabric of the global society. The Harvard undergrad was just six years away from earning his first million.
“The Social Network” moves from the college hallways of Harvard to the elite cubicles of Palo Alto to explore the early days’ global network that changed and expanded the concept of communication. This heady journey did not progress unscathed. Despite of all of his wealth and success, the personal life of the young programmer began to suffer. Zuckerberg’s creation brought young revolutionaries together, as well as drove them to split apart. He soon found himself tangled in legal disputes and discovered the 500 million people he befriended throughout his rising grew eager to see him fall.
The movie features Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg, Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s once-close friend who provided the initial finances for the company; Justin Timberlake as Napster co-founder Sean Parker who brought Facebook to capitalists; and Armie Hammer and Josh Pence as the Winklevoss twins, Harvard colleagues who claimed Zuckerberg stole their idea and sued him. “The Social Network” consists of the birth of a global communication phenomenon that led to build up and break down of an elite group that maintained a worldwide social network.