Social Network (2010)

mp’s rating: unrated.

I can’t rate this movie. I just can’t. I can’t judge it in the positive way, nor I can judge it in the negative way. I am lost between two.

Facebook. Do you know how many hours per day I spent on Facebook? Plus doing everything else, I’d say 6 hours (yes, 6). From dinner time which is around 6 or 7 I start going online and leave my laptop on until I slept at around 1 or 2. Pretty scary, huh? The exact amount of time that I spend on Facebook, literally only Facebook? I’d say two hours. I spend two hours everyday to check my profile, reply messages, change profile pictures, look at my friends’ updated status, and upload photos. To say it in another way, I spent six hours busy everyday building up my virtual life instead of my real life.

As an Arts student, you are expected to know what is called the gravatar, the social networking, the social acceleration that is happening in the world right now, and how Jean Baudrillard said that it now comes down to the ‘representation’ of the reality – the simulacrum. You are expected to know the era of “Death of Embarrassment”, where people literally give up every bit of information online, less sense of privacy. I know, I may care more about my gravatar rather than my real character in person.

Facebook enables sharing and connecting. Connecting the world. But everything comes with a price.

I won’t say that social networking is bad – I just feel sad to say that I’m kinda addicted. Yes, I have more connections, yes, I interact with people more. But yes, I gain more in quantity, less in quality.

Back to the movie. It’s not the type of movie that you’ll watch twice. It’s the type of movie that you either really like it, or really hate it. It’s the movie that gives you information, very interesting information, and makes you interpret the codes.

Based on the movie alone, I’ll say there is a thin red line between knowing what is the right thing to do and the best thing to do. It doesn’t make any sense? yes, you’re right.

We live in the era where everything is instant. Even communication is accelerated. social relationship is fast-forwarded.

The question is, what is your response?

My lecturer argued that social acceleration gives us no time for reflection. I think he’s right. We have less time to stop and think of what we’ve done. We are expected to know more new things, read more news, got more knowledgeable. But we are not taught how to stop, reflect, and think about how all these changes in the world have changed us, either positively or negatively.

I’m just scared. Scared that I only care about the superficial me, and not the real me. Scared that I put a third of my life into the virtual life, and not the real one. Scared that someday, I will update my profile more instead of forging my character.

But social network is a good thing to share your life with others ;). it’s the place where you can be a light, to use it for the glory of God. It ends up on how you are using it.

In the end, what’s the use of a person gaining the whole world, but loses his soul? ;)


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