The Social Network
Synopsis: On a fall night in 2003, Harvard undergrad and computer programming genius Mark Zuckerberg sits down at his computer and heatedly begins working on a new idea. In a fury of blogging and programming, what begins in his dorm room soon becomes a global social network and a revolution in communication. A mere six years and 500 million friends later, Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in history… but for this entrepreneur, success leads to both personal and legal complications.
Instruction: Watch this 2011 Oscar’s Best Writing for Adapted Screenplay feature movie on social media. Reflect on how the movie portrays Facebook and related characters. Record your responses below.
The movie The Social Network is available through the following website(s):
https://www.amazon.com/gp/video/detail/B00BRA8FIQ/ref=atv_dl_rdr (Links to an external site.)
https://www.vudu.com/content/movies/details/The-Social-Network/182239 (Links to an external site.)
The Social Network (Links to an external site.)
The documentary is also available on our course reserve.
Submission: Upload a word document of your responses to the following questions to Canvas by midnight Sunday, Feb 9. This assignment is worth 10 points and will count toward your regular class participation grade.
- What are some of the important historical events (dates/ years/ landmark developments) along the birth and growth of Facebook?
- What is the role of venture capital investor(s) in FB’s development? Please record any names/ characters that you see from the movie and their contributions to FB.
- Do you find any connection (similarity or difference) between the story of FB and other digital giants we previous discussed previously in lectures?