This weekend, the movie called The Social Network debuted to a warm response. Bringing in roughly $25 Million which is no Avatar launch, but respectable enough to earn the #1 spot for this particular weekend. I was fortunate enough to see the film and very much enjoyed the watching the sorted (and slightly fictionalized) portrayal of the early days within the Facebook story.
I also couldn’t help but realize how much of a sign of the times a movie like this is. This encapsulates how technology has fundamentally shifted our society and how we interact with each other. As Sean Parker (played by Justin Timberlake) said in the movie:
I didn’t create Napster to get rich, I did it to change things. I did it so the girl I liked, who was dating a jock in High School would like me because I completely changed everything and it pissed a lot of people off. The music industry will never be the same as a direct result of what I did.
Based on the attitude of Mark Zuckerberg in news and television appearances I have a hard time believing that he is really as arrogant as the version of him in the movie. However, that being said it wouldn’t surprise me if he thinks in an equally calculated manner in order to accomplish as much as he has at such a young age. I hope that Mark doesn’t feel like this movie is going to skew his personal brand in a negative way because I had quite the opposite impression as I left the theater.
Mark is a thinker, a creator and challenges the status quo. These traits also happen to be the very things we should be celebrating in fellow entrepreneurs because these traits encapsulate true innovation, create jobs and shift our lives towards bigger and better things. If you haven’t had the opportunity to see the movie I urge you to go see it because it does a better job than any other movie I have seen in telling the story of modern culture co-existing with technology breakthroughs.
If you have seen the movie, what were your thoughts? What did you like/dislike and why?