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Rob Hill

Just watched The Social Network last night and was really struck by the beautifully sad ending. Found the Zuckerman character strangely likable, maybe for some of the reasons you mention. Someone on IMDB questioned if the actor intended to play the character as if he had Asperger's, and I can empathize with the character's apparent inability to feel empathy.

I've heard the Citizen Kane comparison from a few sources. I see the similarities, but since there are scores of films utilizing the patented Citizen Kane framing device in an attempt to make sense of a mysterious and lonely central character that can lay similar claims, I don't think that's especially revealing. I like your Pinocchio comparison better.

Bill Altreuter

Ah, Fireball XL-5. I was just thinking about it the other day.

Good analysis of The Social Network, which I liked a great deal. I liked the use of depositions as a framing device, and I especially liked that it "got" the internet-- and particularly Facebook-- better than any movie I think I've seen.

Facebook fascinates me because people in their 20's and younger- people who grew up with the internet-- use it as the internet. It isn't a site, it's a platform, and in some ways it goes beyond being either. For example, consider this: over the weekend my daughter got married. The photographer told us he would mail us a CD with his pictures on it. Some friends said they would email their digital pix. And one of Emily's attendants Facebook friended me the next day, which gave me access to dozens of her photographs, all neatly tagged and captioned. I guess she did it while she was at the airport. What's really remarkable about that is that for her it wasn't remarkable at all- this is how people who know how to use Facebook interact. Another example: because I am Facebook friends with several of the people who were at this event, I can see who among the guests who weren't acquainted before friended each other after. This gives me a kind of insight into the relationships among the guests that I probably could never have had before. It's very interesting, and the movie understood it.

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