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Context and a Movie: "The Social Network"

Monday, October 04, 2010

Dana Stevens, film critic for Slate.com, discusses "The Social Network," the controversial new film about the founding of Facebook by Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg; and Baratunde Thurston, comedian and digital director of The Onion, offers his insight into the world of Harvard and social media.

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Dana Stevens and Baratunde Thurston
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Comments [7]

Pelijah from Washington D.C.

Regarding women, I agree. Also the movie is white male oriented. But, in the end, if it correctly characterizes what happened (that is, if the birth of this phenomenon called "Facebook" was presided over by white males), I think that's fine.

For me, this is the question: Why aren't more movies made about *non* white male entrepreneurs (i.e. women, latinos/latinas, asian-americans, african-americans...etc)?

When it's all said and done, here's the thing: you just can't beat Aaron Sorkin's writing...*WOW*.

Oct. 04 2010 02:22 PM
bernie from bklyn

there's nothing more vapid than discussing social networks and certainly films about social networks. ever see the movie "idiocracy"? that's what we're becoming. brian- don't let it happen! no more segments like this, please!

Oct. 04 2010 12:00 PM
Maryln

Why would I want to see a movie about a bunch of D-Bags?

Oct. 04 2010 11:58 AM
Bowildhax from NJ

Only a small comment on how our life will digitized.

As a computer professional - the moral is to get GREAT programmers and don't wait on your idea.

Oct. 04 2010 11:58 AM
EC Groom from Brookyn, NY

Does Zuckerberg have any legal recourse (if he felt that he was being trashed)?

Oct. 04 2010 11:57 AM

loveless: I didn't see the movie - but don't all movies, overwhelmingly, portray women like sexpots. that's why it's so hard for women actresses to find work past a "certain age" - they are no longer "desirable" - at least, that's how i've always seen it. Women being the supporting role for the dominate male actor. I hope things change.

Oct. 04 2010 11:44 AM
loveless from northern nj

The portrayal of women in the movie was abysmal. All the stereotypes were paraded out -- the groupie, the harpie, the "come hither" intern. Most of the women shown were attending top-tiered ivy league colleges. They had to have been accomplished to have gotten to that point. I was disappointed that was sacrificed for plot points.

Oct. 04 2010 10:58 AM

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