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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 18 September 2010 - 03:01 PM

September 15, 2010 4:00 AM PDT
'Social Network' weaves a complex Web (review)
by Caroline McCarthy

In one scene in David Fincher's new film "The Social Network," a retelling of the early days of Facebook that opens in wide release in the U.S. on October 1, company founder Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) is given a bit of insight on behalf of one of his lawyers (Rashida Jones) as he's faced with a million-dollar lawsuit from college classmates who claim that he stole their idea for creating an exclusive social network for Harvard University students.

"Creation myths need a devil," she says, explaining to Zuckerberg her recommendation that the lawsuit be settled rather than taken to trial.

She's telling him that even if he isn't really guilty of anything, his past actions (drunkenly and publicly blogging about an ex-girlfriend, making a joke about comparing the appearances of girls on Harvard's campus to farm animals) are enough for the members of a jury to complete the circuit with their own details, to somehow provide enough wiring to turn a disparate set of facts and plot points into a coherent illumination of a narrative. The jurors would see what he put online (and later regretted) and it would shape their opinions of Zuckerberg regardless of what he says in court.