8 February 2011

A Cruel Portrait

Lyrical, cynical and enlightening in equal proportions: Zadie Smith's review of The Social Network on The New York Review of Books.

"Watching this movie, even though you know Sorkin wants your disapproval, you can’t help feel a little swell of pride in this 2.0 generation. They’ve spent a decade being berated for not making the right sorts of paintings or novels or music or politics. Turns out the brightest 2.0 kids have been doing something else extraordinary. They’ve been making a world."

It's romantic, yes, but it doesn't matter all that much because her feelings on what Zuckerberg is creating is far from anything sentimental. A bittersweet pill indeed.

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