Volume 1, Number 2 - October 18, 2010

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Rafael Tur
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The Story Behind The Site

By Rafael Tur

These days, it seems like everyone relies on Facebook. The Social Network is a film that shadows its creator, Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg), a Harvard geek and how this Internet phenomenon came to life.

Zuckerberg, who quickly and drunkenly creates a "Rate My Girlfriend" site the night he gets dumped, is sentenced to six months of academic probation after sending off campus-wide emails. He is soon approached by the wealthy Winklevoss brothers, who want his help to create the "online college experience" which eventually serve as the model for Facebook.

Zuckerberg steals the idea and their online computer code, and creates Facebook with the help of his best friend, Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield).

The duo links up with Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake), the co-founder of Napster; whose invaluable knowledge of the business skyrockets Facebook past one million members, making it available overseas.

The film jumps back and forth between present-day court sessions and story dialogue in the past. Before we know it, Zuckerberg is being sued by Saverin for $600 million, and simultaneously by the Winklevoss brothers.

The film carries itself with dark humor and gives a polished look into university life in the 21st century. A story of spite, revenge, and teen-angst, the movie twists into a one-time-only weep fest. The lawsuits end in settlements, and Zuckerberg becomes the youngest billionaire in America.

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