In 2010, the conversation around Facebook was mainly something like, “Holy crap, my parents are on Facebook. Should I delete my account?”
Eight years later, the conversation is more like, “Holy crap, an enemy power hijacked our democracy and nationalism has a very visible platform and white supremacists have a growing influence and my personal info is being sold without my consent or knowledge and nothing is true anymore or false anymore on Facebook. Should I delete my account?”
Nate and Ryan decided it’s time to discuss The Social Network, director David Fincher and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin’s 2010 look at the (then) newly emerging dark side of Silicon Valley. While most of America complained that their “Wall” became a “News Feed,” Sorkin and Fincher noticed that these baby titans of a baby industry were just like every titan of every industry who had come before: ruthless, egotistical, petty, and fragile. Between Fincher’s distinct direction, Sorkin’s verbose and witty screenplay, and a revelatory score by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, Nate and Ryan have a lot to talk about.
Read Kaitlyn Tiffany’s article for The Verge mentioned in the episode – In 2010, The Social Network was searing – now it looks quaint.