FOR THE WEEK OF SEP. 27, 2010
Facebook status updates -- in theaters, on Oprah, on richest Americans list
Look for coverage of an ambitious young person pursuing any kind of business, athletic or artistic vision. What traits might she or he share with Mark Zuckerberg?
Can you spot an example of social network-style interactivity at the newspaper's site?
By the end of this week, find a review of "The Social Network." Does it seem worth seeing?
The biggest buzz about Facebook last week didn't involve a tech glitch that knocked the popular social networking site offline for a while, though some wisecrackers had fun with that. More headlines focused on a $100-million donation from founder Jeffrey Zuckerberg to upgrade schools in Newark, N.J. "Every child deserves a good education," the 26-year-old biz whiz told TV host Oprah Winfrey. "I've had a lot of opportunities in my life, and a lot of that comes from ... having gone to really good schools. And I just want to do what I can to make sure that everyone has those same opportunities."
Facebook's young chief exec also was in the news as the 35th wealthiest American, with a net worth of $6.7 billion, according to an annual list in the Forbes business magazine. He ranks ahead of Apple leader Steve Jobs.
"It's a resonant contemporary story about the new power elite and an older, familiar narrative of ambition," says a film reviewer for The New York Times. Zuckerberg claims it film stretches the truth for dramatic entertainment, and adds that he has grown up since college. Facebook also matured, with more than 1,700 employees and rising ad sales expected to hit $2 billion this year. It's the dominant social networking site for most of the globe, with about 550 million users.
Mark Zuckerberg says: "A lot of [the movie] is fiction, but even the filmmakers will say that. They're trying to build a good story. This is my life, so I know it's not that dramatic."
Blogger says: "Making a huge donation on the eve of the movie coming out, you'd have to think that Facebook was trying in some way to change the public's perception of Zuckerberg." -- Adam Ostrow, editor-in-chief of Mashable, a social media blog
Film producer says: ""I would not want a movie made when I am 26 years old about decisions I made when I was a 19-year-old kid. I am very sympathetic. But I didn't invent Facebook." -- Scott Rudin, producer of "The Social Network"
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