On a most hectic Sunday, along with its unpleasant surprise calls during lunch and the aftermath, I decided to blow off some steam and go watch The Social Network with a couple of friends. My stress reversal strategy worked like a charm as soon as I sat down. Commercials started before the movie, one of my friends and I trying to figure out the marketing strategy behind every ad.
Finally, the movie started with a familiar scene. Two people chatting at a pub– as a college student, who doesn’t?–. After two hours of film, we all looked at our smart phones and chuckled at the thought that if the movie ended up to be disappointing, we would have turned to our digital companions and logged into Facebook or Twitter.
Not to state the obvious, but the movie was indeed a success to our eyes and thus, at least during the movie, no aid from our entertainment gadgets was required. Nevertheless, as soon as we left the room and chatted about a few of the scenes, we turned to our cell phones and logged in. We took a couple of pictures with their integrated cameras and uploaded them on the spot.
A thing really got stuck with me. Something Justin Timberlake’s character Sean Parker said “This is a revolution of once in a generation”. We are all stuck to it, and the only thing that stopped us from being logged in or glued to the little screens was a movie about it.
Our lives have been changed. In fact, the lives of 500 million people around the globe. The way we see the world and interact has been completely redesigned. The funny part is, Mr. Zuckerberg had no idea the magnitude of his one night drunkness would achieve. And now, behold! A nation of people. As the say in this video –> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kzCQ219bxl8&feature=fvst (which I imagine you have probably seen before) if Facebook were a nation, it would be the 3rd largest in the world. Talk about bringing down borders.