Posted by: Joe Eds | October 19, 2010

Mark Zuckerberg’s Social Skills

“It’s just a big disconnect with people who make movies and silicon valley…they just can’t wrap their head around that someone wants to build something because they like building things.”

Fair enough. A two-hour film about a guy in front of a computer plugging in code to create a website is not particularly interesting. Revenge-filled, angry asshole out to prove himself to get even with a girl, while stepping over his best friend while dazzled by the shenanigans of a rock star and forced to pay out money for his actions, does. But let’s also look at the obvious:  Zuckerberg completely dodges the question.

The Social Network portrays Mark Zuckerberg as a very talented, quick-witted computer guru who saw a good idea, acted fast and reaped much monetary reward, he’s also socially inept, obstinate and obsessed with social placement (hence the title). It’s not the real Mark Zuckerberg, it’s a fic-tion-al version. Films have generated personas based on real people since its inception. Zuck is nothing new. But the joy of watching the guy above answer a softball question, versus the Mark Zuckerberg in the film below (played by Jesse Eisenberg) is a hoot.

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