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The Social Network Divides Generations

Older people see Zuckerberg as tragic; youth as a visionary
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 4, 2010 10:21 AM CDT

(Newser) The Social Network is officially a hit—it won the weekend box office—but different viewers came away with wildly different impressions, according to David Carr of the New York Times. Older people see it as a cautionary tale about a young man who betrays all his friends and principles. Younger people see a story of a visionary who did what he had to do to create something huge.

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“When you talk to people afterward, it was as if they were seeing two different films,” says one producer. “The older audiences see Zuckerberg as a tragic figure … while young people see him as completely enhanced, a rock star.” Jesse Eisenberg says he’s experienced the same thing. “I was asked by older people again and again how I could play a character who is capable of being so mean,” the 26-year-old actor says. (Read more The Social Network stories.)

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