Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Tip#393: Learn What is Fact or Fiction - Facebook - The Social Network

At first I was worried that the Facebook movie called The Social Network would give social media a really bad name. I wasn't even sure if it was fictional or based on true events. So I went to see it and found out that it was a bit of both. Plus it had a very engaging story with lessons to be learned.

The movie spoke to me more about what to do and what NOT to do when you have a great idea. You see how entrepreneurs and business partners make decisions that have positive results or hurtful consequences to others. And the irony is that all of it revolves around the concept of making online friends on Facebook.

I read afterwards that the movie is based on Ben Mezrich's nonfiction novel, The Accidental Billionaires In real life the main character of the film, co-founder of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg, is the world's youngest self-made billionaire at age 26. And, of this writing, Facebook has more than 500 million active users.

Actually the most stunning fact I learned about the movie after I saw it was that the twins, Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, were played by one actor (with one body double). Armie Hammer worked with an acting coach to replicate the movements and speech patterns of the real life twins. Now I have to see the movie again and see the special effects of blending one actor seamlessly to interact with himself!

The Social Network 2010

The movie The Social Network is about the people who founded the online social networking website Facebook. The characters include Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) founder of co-founder of Napster.

It explores Zuckerberg's life while attending Harvard University and several lawsuits made against him. The film shows the rise of Facebook as it grows from one university usage to other US universities and then to a global level. The film not only explores how fast a great idea can spread but also the benefits and consequences of using social media.

In the end whatever information is put on social media like Facebook, printed in the media or even in movies based on true stories they must be viewed with a questioning mind. Take time to check out whether it is fact or fiction and you will enrich yourself and make well-informed opinions and decisions. And if either inspires you to achieve your dreams and goals than celebrate that result!


Emmanuel Lopez-Motivatorman
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Head Health Nut said...

Thanks for the great review, Emmanuel! I was wondering about this movie and you've helped me decide to give it a chance.

And I love your reminder to always question information - simply accepting what people say, whether online or off, is the lazy way of forming opinions.

Sam said...

Loved it, finally a smart, funny movie. Think Howard Hawks on steroids. Adults, young adults, and teens will love this. Eisenberg is wonderful.

Dominic Bugatto said...

Solid post.

Nice catching up the other night.

Cheers, Dom