In the Dark

Include Me Out

The Social Network concerns Mark Zuckerberg and his cybercreation, Facebook, the website that now boasts 500 million active users and has made its “inventor” a multi-billionaire.  On his site, you’re free to divulge your most praiseworthy, intimate, and perverse behaviors to thousands.  Merely register, and you instantly become a star, inviting the scrutiny of your “friends,” as the site identifies your co-respondents.  Furthermore, your chosen circle can grow exponentially, since each of your friends has the option of suggesting you to their friends, who can likewise do the same.  Should you be up to something sufficiently exceptional or weird or lurid, your circle could possibly rival that of the Almighty’s, having a center that’s everywhere and a circumference nowhere.  Like certain celebrities, you’ll taste Lucifer’s temptation.  Don’t you deserve to outshine the Bible’s out-of-date deity?

Not that Zuckerberg designed his site with such blasphemy in mind.  No, his sinning was far less grand.  His enterprise was driven by jealousy and anger.  He wanted to strike back at the girl who had dumped him and, while he was at it, all those other girls whom he assumed would be only too glad to snub him in favor of more presentable swains.  At least this is the way Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher have dramatized it in The Social...

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