Anyway, my point is, since signing up for Netflix I've watched a lot more movies than I usually would have. Both streaming and via their DVD service. A few months ago I watched The Social Network. Unlike the majority (it seems) of people who've told me they didn't really like it or Zuckerberg's character, I disagree.
I guess a lot of people don't really like Zuckerberg because he comes across so binary, so black and white. Something is either a fact or it's not. Something either matters or it doesn't. (And I know this is a probable dramatization of his character, but a college friend who went to high school with Zuckerberg says it's pretty true to life). Anyway, I didn't dislike Zuckerberg. I rather got him.
I'm not afraid to say that in some ways I'm kindof like Zuckerberg. I can be annoyingly practical. When you tell me something, I ask, "So?" This drives my parents (and at least one ex-boyfriend) up the wall. But my inquiry was Why are you telling me this? Why should this information matter to me? There's a lot of information in the world and I don't want anything unnecessary. I don't think I'm nearly as extreme as how they portray Zuckerberg, however. I like to think I have some more social sense and acumen and thus, maintain better relationships with the people I care about in my life. (I mean, since I'm clearly not a genius in the way he is, I've gotta compensate somehow, no?).
There are other traits I could discuss, and clearly this wasn't just a movie about Zuckerberg's somewhat autistic/Asberger's-ish/sociopathish-ness, but for me, this is what struck me the most about the movie. The fact that he was so misunderstood for just being himself. He's not a bad guy - at least the way the movie showed it, he never intended to screw over Eduardo Saverin and the way I see it, too, he really never intended it. Given the pitfalls of seeing everything as merely black and white it's a good thing I'm loyal to a fault!