It is an accident that the creators behind the Facebook movie “The Social Network” meant to draw us into the film which exhaustively covers many ethical issues in one compelling biography. The audience has become co-conspirators in the ethical lapses spilled out in this film. The movie starts with Facebook inventor Mark Zuckerberg publically demeaning his ex-girlfriend on his blog. That tale has spiraled into national news where this week a Ruetger’s student committed suicide because his roommate exposed his sex life on the internet. The film shows Facebook entrepreneur Sean Parker boast on how his prior involvement with creating the famed music privacy website Napster helped to bring down the music industry. This spills over into the past few weeks where Blockbuster is fighting bankruptcy and for the first time ever the FBI forcibly shut down a massive sweep of websites for showing thousands of pirated movies online (still in the theaters).
This excellently directed and acted movie runs the full distance of unethical behavior from friendship betrayals, to intellectual property theft, to privacy violations, to business skullduggery. The internet has exponentially advanced our ability to help or hurt people — and it is the hurt that we Americans and the film so poignantly underscores and practices. We can all bully people easier , lie to each other easier, steal other people’s photos and works easier and ruin relationships easier because of the internet. So I find watching The Social Network to be a reflection and conviction of our ugly national debate we have yet to have. This is why the movie exposes you and me.
The film comes highly recommended. Yet, it wouldn’t be Hollywood without dumping a heap of indecent and unrelated sexual themes like bathroom sex, strippers and prostitute scenes or situations. Add with 20 lines of profanity and some more lurid drug use and you have a film not fit for kids and teens.
Rated A for ethical and artistic potency
Rated D for family watchability
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