The City of LA recognized in CicLAvia an opportunity to give Angelenos a taste of what LA can be like, at least for a bit, without cars. It will temporarily turn the streets over to those who deserve them the most. Us.
For people like Mark Zuckerberg, who code around the clock, the idea of watching a caricatured augmentation of the great challenges of entrepreneurship seems about as pleasant as scratching a blackboard.
The film, due in 2012, will shine the spotlight on Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page -- both radically different moguls than Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Here are five candidates to bring the search engine's story to the big screen.
There are a lot of versions of truth available within the framework of The Social Network, and because the film's major players are have their own relationship with the truth, the story becomes infinitely more engaging.
Hackers and internet geeks, like other rebels, are creating and living in a world where the accepted rules and laws simply don't apply, and being able to circumvent them is more than enough reason to do it -- a decidedly punkrock attitude.
You cannot help but notice several junctures in the movie where if Zuckerberg had considered the feelings of those around him, Facebook would have been worse off, and in a way, this serves as a warning to anyone with a big idea.
There are women in the movie. But none of them play any sort of foundational role in the creation of Facebook -- other than acting as a motivating factor in anti-hero Mark Zuckerberg's decisions to build his empire.
Whatever else The Social Network is, the film represents the biggest culmination yet of old media's disdain and misreading of new media. It's a movie about social networking born out of a fundamental disconnect.
After watching the film, I don't think less of Zuckerberg. If anything, it gave me a better appreciation for his genius -- not just as a nerdy coder but as one of the first people to truly understand the power of social media.
With themes of friendship and betrayal that even Williams Shakespeare would be proud of, The Social Network -- directed by David Fincher -- also explores the notion of what constitutes intellectual property.
Say what you will about Facebook, but it's changed our culture more than any invention since the flushable toilet. But The Social Network isn't really about the effects of Facebook. It's a study of one man, what drives him and what success can do to you.