Saturday, November 13, 2010

Generation Why? by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

The final paragraph of a lengthy review of “The Social Network” and You Are Not a Gadget.  Okay, I need to go spend the rest of the day off-line now…

At my screening, when a character in the film mentioned the early blog platform LiveJournal (still popular in Russia), the audience laughed. I can’t imagine life without files but I can just about imagine a time when Facebook will seem as comically obsolete as LiveJournal. In this sense, The Social Network is not a cruel portrait of any particular real-world person called “Mark Zuckerberg.” It’s a cruel portrait of us: 500 million sentient people entrapped in the recent careless thoughts of a Harvard sophomore.

Generation Why? by Zadie Smith | The New York Review of Books

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