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The Social Network: Another Fabrication of Hollywood

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Like most movies that are “based on true stories,” Hollywood ends up twisting the truth around completely. I feel this happens with most truth-baring movies because a lot of viewers that don’t question the truth accept the movie for what it is. For me, I always look up everything on Google because I’m curious. Generally, I’m let down when I read the real facts.

The Social Network was given a small bash by Sean Parker, one of the creators of Facebook, during a European conference this past week. He actually stated in his interview, “I wish my life was that cool.”

I would probably be thinking the same thing if Justin Timberlake was playing my role and was hanging out with Victoria Secret models. Parker did commend the director, David Fincher, for his cinematic masterpiece, but was taken back by events that never took place. He denies ever doing drugs like the movie portrays, but I’m pretty sure the reason he left Facebook was because of a drug-related scandal. So yes, the movie does hold some truth.

Despite the disappointment I often face finding out the truths of Hollywood’s movies, I can understand where directors are coming from with an artist’s perspective: if you want to make money, you have to create what the people want. A movie like the Social Network would not have made so much money if the lives of the creators were not fabricated.

David Fincher is a kick-ass director that knows what the people want to see. He’s made a enough successful Blockbuster hits like Fight Club, Panic Room, Zodiac, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, to name a few. If he made a movie from start to finish with what was the right thing to do, it would not have made so much money. The viewers want to see the sex and drugs that these computer geeks were supposedly investing their time with. If we wanted a biography, we could just watch Discovery Channel or the History Channel. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not insulting either of the channels because it’s not unusual for me to be tuning into an Ancient Egypt special or Life marathon. It’s because our society wants to go to movies to be entertained after a hard days of work, not to be educated.

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