The saying for the movie poster for The Social Network, “You don’t get to 500 million friends [now it’s close to 700 million] without making a few enemies” seems awfully hypocritical now that the screenplay’s writer, Aaron Sorkin, revealed that he only joined Facebook temporarily to do research.
Sorkin spoke at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity Wednesday, admitting he is no longer a member of Facebook.
The news seems to be costing him some credibility in the eyes of the public, who had up until this week come to regard The Social Network as a factual history of Facebook, even though employees of the company have been the most vocal in calling the movie fiction, not fact.
CNN’s Piers Morgan interviewed Sorkin at the event, and he spoke critically about Twitter’s effects on modern news.
As reported by Guardian.co.uk, Sorkin said:
I have a lot of opinions on social media that make me sound like a grumpy old man sitting on the porch yelling at kids. I was sent a message from Facebook suggesting people I should befriend. One of them was a girl my sister was friends with in high school. I don’t know how they found her, no idea. I signed off right then.
Sorkin wasn’t the only person involved in the creation of The Social Network to be critical of the social network, as Guardian.co.uk said director David Fincher told The Guardian in February, “I have a healthy disdain for the hypocrisy of the notion of this interconnected world, but I don’t think that makes me some old fuck with an ax to grind.”
Perhaps the news that Sorkin only joined the site to do research is actually a boon for Facebook’s public relations team. The company’s spokespeople have all along emphasized that The Social Network isn’t factual.
Readers, does the revelation that Sorkin has left the site make the movie seem more fictional to you? Do you crave a more authentic film about Facebook?