Facebook: The Social Network or the Social Disease?

Austria creation of facebook. radiohead, social disease, social network. StudiVZ, the social network. ZuckerbergWith a name like Zuckerberg, you might think the creator of Facebook is German or Swiss or something like that. He actually is American and developed the social networking site at Harvard for Harvard students in 2004. So what does the American creator of Facebook have to do with European popular culture?

The Social Network” is a major motion picture about Mark Zuckerberg and the alleged process involved in creating Facebook. The movie will start playing in theaters Oct. 1 in the U.S., Oct. 7 in Germany and Oct 8 in Austria.

It is worthwhile to watch this overly dramatic trailer complete with an a capella version of, “Creep” by Radiohead.
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This trailer, is in German but you don’t need to know the language to see how exaggerated the movie is.

On the Austrian blog site Kurier.at there is a post about parody film trailers. These spoof trailers play off of the “Hollywood” portrayal of the creation of Facebook as seen in “The Social Network.” Based on reading the comments from the blog post “Verarsche für den Facebook-Film” (Parody of the Facebook movie), some Austrians think the parody is side-splitting funny. The post clarifies how the far-from-the-truth story about the creation of Facebook leaves the movie wide open to some mockery. The following spoof is about the creation of Youtube. It is obviously an entirely untrue story that makes fun of the much hyped “The Social Network.”

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This video is particularly funny after watching the original trailer. Please visit this post for the link to another spoof with strong language. The Kurier blog site also posted a second post about “The Social Network” with a link to free music downloads for several tracks from the movie.

Dustin Moskovit, the co-creator of Facebook and a character in the movie, writes on Q&A website Quora,

“Es ist interessant, meine Vergangenheit umgeschrieben zu sehen, in einer Art, die unwichtige Dinge hervorhebt und Dinge weglässt, die wirklich gezählt haben.”

My translation: it is interesting to see my past rewritten in a way that emphasizes the unimportant things and leaves out the things that really counted.

That must be strange to have a movie made about your life, which isn’t really your life. But we still want to see the movie. Don’t we? . What if StudiVZ had a dramatic trailer about its creation?

One thought on “Facebook: The Social Network or the Social Disease?

  1. I especially like the question: What if StudVZ had a dramatic trailer about its creation.
    It would be nice to see a movie about the conflict between facebook and Studivz, since StudiVZ stole facebooks idea.

    Germans pay special attention to the privacy issue in the facebook movie, whereas Americans might be rather entertained by the betrayal.

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