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The Social Network’s Guide to Life, Love, and Happiness

Rating: Plum

After viewing The Social Network this past weekend, I came up with a brief list of the major life lessons bestowed upon us by this film. 

Step 1- Be LoyalOnly to yourself. People may help you along the way, but that doesn’t mean that you owe them anything.  You should do what is best for you always, even if that means hurting other people.  

Step 2- Be Honest.  You should speak your mind at any time, even if that means neglecting to use a filter.  Tact means lying.  Therefore, do not use tact in your personal relationships.  That will endear people to you and make them actually want to talk to you.  Adding a touch of condescension and cynicism will surely inspire people to offer their services to you are all times. 

Step 3- Be Forward-Thinking.  In order to be the first one to do something, generally that means you have to beat out the rest of the competition.  If you know what you want to do/make/invent, find ways to stall your opponents.  Have your eye on the prize. 

Step 4- Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.  Don’t just stand around, waiting for something to happen.  Do what you want to do.  Don’t just talk about doing it.  That is why Zuckerburg had an edge on those Olympian twins.  They talked.  He did.  So what if the concept was originally theirs?

Step 5- Be a Friend. On Facebook that is.  In today’s world, if you’re not friends with someone on Facebook, then you are not real friends.  The tagline for the film is “You don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.”  Obviously all of Mark Zuckerburg’s 500 million friends are people that he knows, likes, and talks to.  Obviously. 

***Warning***    These lessons are only good for life, love, and happiness if you wish to end up as the film’s portrayal of Mark Zuckerburg does, sitting by yourself, hoping that a certain someone will confirm your friend request. 

The fact that The Social Network is a film touted for its accurate representation of the American Dream for today’s youth makes me seriously concerned about the ethics and morals of the future.

Certainly, I don’t think every part of this movie is true. 

I have an issue with these “based on a true story” movies.  Of course, they can’t say that they are fiction because they are inspired by real events.  Unfortunately, most audience members hear the “true” and forget about the “based.”

It’s as if someone were to create a story “based” on my life.  In it, the young, female teacher would use her passion and creativity to spark the change in education as we know it (hmmm, sounds like another movie we know, doesn’t it?).  Except, for me at least, this is not true.  I certainly hope to help students and I work my butt off, but the effect that I have does not compare to the exaggerated image.

This is my concern with The Social Network.  Sure, it was a good story.  Maybe not even a good story, a great story.  In an engaging way, it details our current generation’s American Dream.  Invent something awesome even if it wasn’t technically your idea, get rich quick, and when all is said and done, be left friendless.  Who needs friends (real or virtual) when you can have anything you want?

But is that what we really want?  Is our American Dream really that shallow?

Personally, I’d value one real friend over the random “friends” that facebook creates.  Can the film’s portrayal of Zuckerburg say the same?  How would the “real” Zuckerburg respond?  What do you think?

The Grade

Visuals: 3.5/5

Plot: 5/5


All right Academy Award nominees, bring it on!  Are you going to band together to take down The King’s Speech?  It is my goal to see, review, and invent a treat for every single one of you by Oscar Night.

Academy Award Nominees so far in order…


If you have seen the film, you will understand why this had to be its inspired Oscar treat.  I am not much of an Appletini fan, myself, so I am including here a variety of recipes that should work for you beautifully.  I am just going to stick to butterbeer :)


Try this one for a non-alcoholic version

Try this one for the version they were most likely drinking in the film

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  1. John
    February 15, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    I read the book this was based on (http://www.amazon.com/Accidental-Billionaires-Founding-Facebook-Betrayal/dp/0385529376… and “based” is a little bit of misnomer as I understand they evolved independently from Mezich’s Book Proposal, http://blog.webook.com/webook_blog/2010/10/ben-mezrichs-accidental-billionaires-the-social-network-and-writing-advice-.html). I thought reading between the lines of what changed between the book and movie gave me a better sense of what actually happened, and better taste of what Sorkin added to the script. This (http://thescorecardreview.com/articles/tsr-blog-articles/2010/10/01/tsr-blog-the-accidental-billionaires-vs-the-social-network/13680) article is more thorough about those differences.

    • February 17, 2011 at 4:58 pm

      I think I am going to have to add that book to The List then. That way, I’ll have a better understanding!

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