The Social Network

The Social Network

Character with both Public and Private Self

Self-consciousness is one of the psychological traits that human beings possess. Based on it, people may be categorized into two characters: those with public and private self-consciousness. The former refers to the case in which a person regards people’s perspective of him as being more important than his or her interests. In the latter’s case, it is the opposite; a person will always refer to his internal moral system of consciousness as a moral guiding compass. In the movie The Social Network, Mark Zuckerberg exhibits a private self. Everything he does hardly shows his concern for other people’s feelings or the regard for the law. He does only whatever he feels like doing. For instance, his girlfriend breaks up with him because he mistreats her and says mean things about her, and even goes ahead to insult her on a public blog. He creates Facemash to rate women by their beauty, and when contacted by the Winklevoss brothers about cleaning his image, he does not really care about it. Instead, he gets into a law suit with them for theft of intellectual property.

The Winklevoss brothers exhibit a public self-consciousness. They seek for recognition and approval from their father and the Harvard community for winning their participation in sports. They feel that the Harvard University owes them for winning for it medals and even try engage the administration to intervene on the Facebook row with Zuckerberg. Also, one of the brothers hesitates to sue Zuckerberg because of the reputation he had as a student at Harvard University.

Scene that Exhibits Emotion and Perception

There are many scenes that express high emotional engagements between friends and lovers. However, the most significant scene is the one in which Eduardo Saverin is pushed out of the company. He is summoned to the Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto where he is asked to sign certain documents that would reduce his stake to less than one percent. He is enraged considering the fact that he had funded the company from the start, offering a thousand dollars and later, eighteen thousand dollars. He breaks Zuckerberg’s computer and when encounters Sean Parker, drama unfolds as the latter tries to refund him his part of the investment into an account that had been frozen. Considering the amount of sacrifice he had given, having quit his internship and broken up with his girlfriend to join Facebook, he feels cheated and is vengeful.

A Scene that Required Language Skills.

The film is made around the duel that was being solved by the Ad board. This scene is shown randomly throughout the film, and serves as its closing part. This scene involves the four people who may have contributed to the formation of Facebook but fell out. They are Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, and the Winklevoss brothers, before the council at Harvard. The rest of the characters play the supporting role. This scene is hard to place in terms of importance, without having to hear the exchanges between the participants. It encompasses the narration of the whole story behind Facebook, seeming like a story that is being told parallel to the movie itself.

Character who Effectively Uses Nonverbal Communication

Eduardo Saverin is a primary character in the film The Social Network. He plays the victim of circumstances, greed, and selfishness that revolves around the growth of Facebook. His relationship with his girlfriend begins with the show of genuine interest, which he shows through his non-verbal cues. He also expresses his dislike for Sean Parker vehemently each time the two encounter, and hardly hides it in their last encounter where his shares were being depleted. He throws a blow at Parker and jokes about it.

Scene that Negatively Portrayed Gender and Culture in Relationships

There are several scenes in which women are treated as worthless beings. The movie begins on the note where Zuckerberg depicts Erica as a dumb girl who cannot meet with decent people, and he may be the only one to get her to certain functions. When they break up, he publishes a demeaning blogpost about her, talking about her body in the public domain.

At the same time, he creates Facemash, a website for rating girls based on their looks, which ends up devastating some of the students. It is part of the reason why Zuckerberg is suspended from Harvard. Saverin and himself are only able to get dates after they become popular for The Facebook. Their relationships proceed to sex even when they barely know each other, after which Zuckerberg disappears. Women are depicted as opportunists who only succeed by their looks.

In this scenes, women are treated as pleasure objects that are to be picked based on their outward appearance instead of their self-worth, character, or intellect. Also, when Zuckerberg dishes out responsibilities, Saverin’s girlfriend asks him what they can do. However, they are shut down even before they can finish their enquiry. Such scenes show utter disrespect for women.

A Scene that Portrays Positive Conflict Management

The film is filled with scenes of bitterness and conflicts. Many relationships are broken throughout the film. However, there is a single scene in which things move in the right direction. Marylin Dephy presents a voice of reason at Facebook. She helps to bring the case with the Winklevoss brothers to a halt where they agree to settle. She advises Zuckerberg to pay for the settlement fees, to which he agrees.

When Saverin is pushed out of the company, she explains to Zuckerberg the facts she had gathered about him having messed with the reputations of his partners, allegations to which Zuckerberg agrees. She is a reasonable person who does not speak until she understands her opponent in a potential argument.

The only people who is seen to have picked a lesson from their actions are Zuckerberg and Saverin. The former learns that success may only come when he begins to respect women, as it is seen as the story unfolds. Saverin’s lessons is to avoid partial engagements. It is worthy to participate fully or quit.

Lessons in Life That Teach People to be More Accepting of Others.

The first Lesson is to avoid putting all eggs in a single basket. One should engage carefully with caution. Trust should only be given to those who have no interests in a common endeavor. This leads to lesser disappointments in unfulfilled dreams and promises.

Individuals should be more understanding of each other. Personalities provide a way for people to interact. Friends should always be there for one another.

In order to accept people, it is imperative that people form relationships based on genuine trust and interests rather than hidden agendas. The former builds better social networks compared to the latter.



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