Any movie trailer that uses Vega Choir’s rendition of “Creep” as soundtrack is going to earn, at the very least, two minutes and thirty seconds of my attention. And it worked beautifully when it was used in this trailer. It’s the only trailer for The Social Network that I remember.
It works beautifully in that particular trailer because the soundtrack overwhelms the content of the movie itself, and because it was playing so loudly in the theater(s) that it caused this involuntary response from my body where my heart sort of flutters and my eyes well with tears, and I sniff and look over at my girlfriend and make sure either that she hasn’t noticed or is pretending (convincingly enough) that she hasn’t noticed, and I take a sip of my beverage if I have one, and I go back to watching the trailer for this movie, which, by the way, looks terrible (all of this, of course, involuntarily). I think it would work about as beautifully with a movie trailer comprised of a montage of people bending over and farting (Working title: The Food Network). (Beautifuler, even.)
From the previews I’ve seen, The Social Network doesn’t look any good. At the end of that trailer, all I want is to listen to some Radiohead, or to hear a full version of this song, and, incidentally, to find out who’s singing it. This movie? Take it or leave it. Certainly more of a renter, if anything.
And it’s not like this is a sneak preview for the song, or at least that isn’t supposed to be its primary purpose . It’s not like if I go and see The Social Network, the key to the room with the full version of Vega Choir’s rendition of Radiohead’s “Creep” will finally be unlocked for me. Look. There. I found it.
This article, and this article alone, has convinced me that I should just go see this movie, and participate in the shared experience of seeing a movie in theaters and contributing thoughtfully to the ensuing discussion. I have this sneaking suspicion that this movie will catalyze two simultaneous events: one, the increase, as a direct result of the movie, in the number of people with Facebook accounts, and two, the exodus of a number of persons that already have Facebook accounts that have decided - as a matter of principle - to stop contributing to this (seemingly) selfish, greedy, soulless douchebag’s enormous business empire.
I’m having trouble deciding whether I care enough to quit Facebook myself. Does the principle - does the part where I am contributing to this (seemingly) selfish, greedy, soulless douchebag’s enormous business empire - overwhelm the convenience and satisfaction I feel from exchanging shallow social niceties with my friends and family? Tee-bee-dee, tee-bee-dee.
It’d be a lot easier if I could just convince everyone* to hop over to a different, (seemingly) more ethical, and, well, better social media network (say, tumblr.com), but that just feels like a lot of work. You have to care enough to be able to do that much work.
I think this movie is my telling point, and I think it is going to be the telling point for a number of people. If you can sit through a movie about how Facebook was created by some sleazeball almost singularly for the purposes of extracting personal information from its users and keep your Facebook account up and running, more power to you: you can play Scrabble any time you want to, and people-watch all you want. Be creeps. Be weirdos.
I want to know whether I can do that.
And, I mean, I’ve already seen Catfish. (Incidentally, Catfish had two previews: the one for Vega Choir’s rendition of “Creep”, and Black Swan, which also looks terrible)
And Aaron Sorkin’s not hurting things. Have you seen Studio 60? Jesus that show was good.
Then there’s that dilemma where, while the movie itself has this potential to be a sort of propaganda piece for leaving Facebook, going to see the movie will contribute to the royalties heading Zuck’s way, because he owns the word “Facebook” (or whatever). Shouldn’t the Facebook boycott begin then by not seeing the movie? (Don’t you have a job interview tomorrow?)
The way that I see it, social media are good for two things: first and foremost, the public exchange of information, and secondly, the public exchange of words (and particularly those of wit or affection).
I try to use Facebook accordingly, although it is (naturally) the most personal of the social networks. But there are better social network outlets out there. I - we - migrate back to Facebook because everyone** migrates back to Facebook. But Facebook is just a vessel - an outmoded, failure of a vessel. It’s sort of like choosing to row a boat when you could be traveling by submarine (so to speak). It’s the lowest common denominator in a sea of substance. And something would be missing if I tried to live without it. Damn.
*not everyone. ** not everyone.
Posted by CA. Posted In : social media