We live in a country where nearly half of the population has a Facebook account, over 125million users in the United States alone. Facebook is a large part of the way we interact in our increasingly digitally connected world. Facebook pages by their very nature are not necessarily accurate representations of who we are, but rather venues to display whom we often wish we were. Who could be so consumed by this idea of showing the world who he wanted to be, that he would not only create a website but a virtual empire where he can finally prove his worth?
Jesse Eisenberg (The Squid and the Whale, Zombieland) plays Mark Zuckerberg as a man so consumed by his view of success that it becomes an abstraction. He isn’t interested in the practical application of what most of us would consider the fruits of success. Money, friendship and ultimately happiness mean little if anything to him. Everything is expendable on the altar of his obsession. At first it seems counter-intuitive that a man who is obsessed with how others perceive him would so easily cast aside those that do appreciate him. It is because he isn’t interested in friends he wants followers. Why settle for the hug for you can have applause? As the old adage says “you have to love yourself before others can love you” in Zuckerberg’s case perhaps it should be, “you have to love yourself before you will allow anyone else to love you”.