The Social Network (2010) shown on Film 4, 9pm, directed by David Fincher, screenplay by Aaoron Sorkin and based on a book The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich

There’s a certain symmetry about someone that’s rich, even if it’s only a Ben Mezrich writing a story about accidental billionaires. I’ve accidentally burnt myself, fell into a greenhouse and almost drowned a few times. I think it only fair that I too should accidentally become a millionaire, or billionaire. I’m not that bothered. I’ll leave it to fate. For anybody that doesn’t know this film is about the creation of Facebook in 2003 and in particular its founder Mark Zuckerberg. Ironically, I’ve no idea what Zuckerberg looks like, but here he is played by Jesse Eisenberg as someone that talks too much and too fast and seems have no sense of empathy with anything or anyone but computer code and machines. The film is plotted around two law suits Zuckerberg is contesting against Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and a cliché of the upper class American blue blood personified by Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammar plays both) and their business associate Diviya Narendra (Max Minghella). They accuse Zuckerberg of ripping off a dating site they proposed called The Harvard Connection, which he had agreed to work on as a computer programmer. This is old- stuff- shirt money against new entrepreneurial get-up-and-go-money which is epitomised by the maverick Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake). This is a world in which women are playthings and the $67 million dollars paid in damages to the Winklevosses of this world described as the equivalent of a parking ticket.  In truth nobody in this film is a likeable character. I suppose in the real world of the Harvard connection whether online or off that’s nearer the Mark.


I felt the same way. The only meaning in the film is the contest for the acquisition of wealth between a European or English or is it Dutch Old Money family and the new and coming Internet money which supposedly leveled the playing field for social connections. But Facebook has become just as hierarchical as real social connections...