The Social Network (2010) This fantasy biography of the birth of FACEBOOK frames its creation within a classic Hollywood myth: The nebbish [Jesse Eisenberg as Mark Zuckerberg] overcomes great obstacles [the Vinklevoss twins] to seize a marketable idea and drop out of school to work it into a multi-billion dollar enterprise. Adapted from Ben Mezrich’s The Accidental Billionaires, Aaron Sorkin twists this rags to riches fable into a scathing critique of anti-Semitism and social class in higher education, winning the Academy Award for his biting dialogue. Beneath half-lit university arbors, director David Fincher reveals the sexual licentiousness of spoiled upper class brats, and elicits sympathetic supporting performances from Andrew Garfield as Eduardo Saverin and Justin Timberlake as Sean Parker. The New-Millennial road to the top is full of friends to betray you and lawsuits to say I told you so.
Burrowed deep in honey-combed hives,
The collective mind hums
Glee, in groups hanging onto shared values.
All together now, the young prefer
Certainty, so give them ideology,
As if there were rules to life.
The letters are there and then not there,
Like ancient Chinese hieroglyphs :
Golden keys to knowledge spill through.
The cloud is infinite, some claim,
But nature is finite when the grid goes down,
Or memory gets tagged as binary.
This is the Book of Sand, as Borges knew —
Everything is here once
And then can never be found again.
Only the future is missing
For those who have posted snaps
Of family and friends, likes and dislikes,
Each a code that grains on the beach,
Magnetized, spell out through footprints
Of what has escaped.
Erasing repetition stifles
The art of recall and music;
It plucks the choirs from heaven.
[Disposable Poem December 14, 2017]