The Social Network

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Why the Social Network poses a problem for the future of Hollywood

Whether it succeeds or fails at the box office, David Fincher's latest motion picture sets a bad precedent. History requires perspective. You may have heard the phrase "history is written by the winners" and aside from the obvious what it also tells us is that a partisan perspective is near impossible to attain until said winners have themselves faded into history. To give a real world example consider the way most view World War Two, good over evil, to the way most think of the Mongolian conquests, a really big war.

The problem with launching into to subject like this (and whether we forget the name in a hundred years or write books on it a millennium from now Facebook will remain a pretty big part of our personal moment in time) is that it is just not possible at this time to know everything there is to know. This is a story that will be told a thousand times, and every time a shade more light will be shed on the subject. But the film Fincher has crafted has been marketed as the be all and end all of the subject. And when they come to make the next Facebook film, and they will, that is exactly how they'll have to market the new film as well.

As Hollywood grows ever closer to fine tuning their list of what works and what doesn't we are seeing less variety with every passing year. The awards season has been reduced in part to parading whatever movies fall within the chic genre of that year, with recent seasonal trends including biographies, westerns, and gangster flicks. The movie business is not merely about making money but spending it as well, and as the choices get narrower more often than not studio's are turning to remakes and re-boots, previously the domain of the b-movie, as the sure thing.

But the corrosion doesn't end there. Television is doing its best to update their library of programming every ten years or so, and certain *coughlawandorder* procedural franchises are getting out of hand (I for one am looking forward to Law and Order: Kindergarten Division though).

The best part of all though? Nobody seems to give a shit. Before long a remake of an Oscar winner will win an Oscar, and if things keep going the way they are going so far before long everything will just turn in cycles. With rotating directors and actors, and the occasional addition to the lexicon whenever it seems like there is an opportunity to exploit youth culture. And with everything being constantly updated, there will be little chance for a movie to truly "stand the test of time".

The Social Network if not even the start of this, but it does represent a notable milestone in the overall simplification of the movie going experience as something we can immediately relate to, and something that studio's can immediately start to franchise in effort to milk every drop from what's popular right now. Or to put it another way, it makes their jobs easier and our lives more dull.