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Will the Facebook Movie Redefine Zuckerberg's Identity?

On October 1, The Social Network, commonly referred to as The Facebook Movie, comes out in theaters. Screened at the New York Film Festival and reviewed by hundreds of journals, including the New York Times, it looks to be highly entertaining. So as you get ready to go spend a week’s salary to see The Social Network, I’d like you to take a question to The Facebook Movie with you.

Does Facebook’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, deserve to have his identity redefined by a storyline whose screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, admits is fictionalized?

In other words, how would you feel if a movie were made about you that exaggerated the very best and worst traits of your character in order to bump ticket sales? Does Zuckerberg deserve to be re-defined because he is so wealthy and those of us who aren’t suffer acute closet-envy for the rich? Does it come with the territory he inhabits, so young, so smart, maybe ruthless and definitely powerful? Does he deserve it because he frequently comes off as a pompous ass?

On October 1, it no longer matters who Mark Zuckerberg is as a person, because in our minds, he will be replaced by Mark Zuckerberg, the guy in the movie. I spend a great deal of time questioning Facebook’s privacy policies and practices, because they seem to be numbing our powers of discretion and increasing our willingness to share what used to be private. To some degree, by flaunting his opinion that privacy is dead, Zuckerberg is begging for his private life to be scrutinized. As the movie premiers with his fictionalized life on the big screen, we wonder how much he really believes in Facebook’s mission to share more personal info, even when it moves beyond the control of the owner of that information?

Zuckerberg no longer controls his public identity. Sorkin does. Hollywood does. Information is power, even when it’s just inaccurate information expertly publicized. You won’t know Zuckerberg any better after this movie than before, but you’ll think you do when you walk out those theater doors, thanking your creator that no one has made a movie about you.

I’d love your thoughts on this topic. Is it unfair what Zuckerberg is going through? Unjust? Just and deserved? Chime in.

Information Survival Expert John Sileo trains corporations and coaches individuals on topics of identity theft prevention, social meadia fraud, corporate espionage, cyber crime, human manipulation and information control. His clients include the Department of Defense, Fortune 1000s and businesses of every size and industry. Learn more at www.ThinkLikeASpy.com.

The Facebook Movie Will Prove You're an Addict

The new movie on Facebook entitled “The Social Network” released its first teaser trailer. The film, better recognized as “The Facebook Movie,” follows the early days of the world’s most powerful social networking site. It follows Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, from the creation of the website through the destruction of a friendship with his co-founders. In the process, it exposes the history behind the information sharing site that Facebook users will wish they knew sooner.

Facebook has had overwhelming success and gained huge momentum since they began in a Harvard dorm room in 2005. Their ability to get you and I to share personal information that we normally wouldn’t has made privacy a huge concern with the site.  Zukerberg has faced scrutiny recently with the privacy changes that make more of your information available to businesses on Facebook that purchase your data in order to sell to you in a more targeted way.

And here’s the interesting thing. The movie will undoubtedly make you uncomfortable about how your private information is being used, but you won’t probably change what you share. You’ve been addicted to the drug without knowing you were even taking a dangerous substance. While quitting may not be an option for you, tightening your Facebook privacy settings definitely is. Making sure that you are as safe as possible on Facebook is important to all users – especially the young ones.

With over 500 million users and a site that seems to keep growing by the month, you can’t expect everyone to be using Facebook with good intentions. It states in the teaser that “you dont get to over 500 million friends without making a few enemies.” Take steps to inoculate yourself and your family against some of the risks of social networking.

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