Geeks Rule The World!

Like it or not, we live in a world where the geeks rule.

In this age of information, the people who govern our lives are the very people whom we shunned, or even bullied, during high school. We live in a world where the internet is like oxygen to allow and/or propel our lives. And without the nerds behind everything internet-related, where would we, and the world we live currently live in, be?

Like it or not, it's a Geek's World! Live with it.

Over the weekend, I went to see 'The Social Network' with My Small Baby. I'm sure majority of you have seen it too, right? I wouldn't be surprised if we all have differing opinions as to who were bad and who were not. But that is not what I want to blog; I want to blog about the unwilling catalyst in the creation of what has since become the world's largest social network.

Strictly basing on the movie, I couldn’t help but wonder if Erica Albright started the whole Facebook evolution. Had she not dumped Mark Zuckenberg, he wouldn’t have created FaceMash; had there been no FaceMash, Zuckerberg wouldn’t have come to the attention of the Winklevoss twins and Divya Narendra; hadn’t he been noticed, he wouldn’t have known of HarvardConnection and the plans by the twins and Narendra to create a social network for Harvard students, to be extended to other schools and the winning differences between their idea and that of existing social networks such as Myspace et al; and hadn’t he known of what the premise of HarvardConnection was, would he have created Facebook?

The Social Network is a must-watch movie

See where I am coming from and getting at?

Who would have thought that the biggest social network site came about because a kid was dumped? I don’t know about y’all but while I was sucked into the movie, I kept an open mind on what was depicted; after all, it’s a movie meant to entertain and not a sanctioned one at that.

On pure facts basis, there was no Erica Albright per se; the one Zuckerberg blogged about was one Jessica Alona and it’s not really clear as to what actually happened between her and Zuckerberg for the latter to blog the now infamous “Jessica Alona is a bitch…” entry.

The Live Journal blog entry that could have started it all

Depending on what one adduces from the film, I personally believe though that - sensationalized or otherwise - there was some semblance of truth to how Jessica Alona played a part in the whole thing. And I give her mad props for not making a big deal out of it, like coming out when Facebook became big and all. You’ve gotta give her credit, she’s one classy woman for not wanting to make a buck out of what happened.

But hey, it’s a Hollywood production, what do you expect? Blurring the lines between facts and fiction, the movie was a good watch. The again, it’s a David Fincher film and an Aaron Sorkin screenplay, and when you have two powerful Hollywood peeps helming a project, one could only expect it to be sensational. And sensational it is.

Rooney Mara and Jesse Eisengberg were perfect for the roles. Oh, did you know that the former's family owns the NY Giants?

But after all said and done, if this movie is meant to be a modern-day morality tale, it fails. How it ended, Zuckerberg seemed to have lost everything - Parker's erratic leadership, the Winklevoss twins' respect, and Saverin's friendship.

You know why I think it failed if it was meant as such? Simply because Facebook is now worth approximately USD 40 Billion; do you think the kid who owns approximately 25% percent of the company lost anything?

The current God of all Geeks with his longtime girlfriend, Priscilla Chen

In the end, it’s the geek Jewish boy who is having the last laugh.


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