Aaron Sorkin Wants to Be Facebook's Friend

My friend Tori Morris is a huge fan of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, but she’s definitely one who has her head screwed on straight, as you can see in the blisteringly honest reviews/critiques of Sorkin’s last TV effort “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” that she wrote for Sequential Tart. So when she recently said that she admitted to Sorkin directly on Facebook that she’d talked smack about him, I took it for her making a silly joke and moved on.

Until… (Source: Variety)

Columbia Pictures will be financing the currently unnamed film, Scott Rudin (There Will Be Blood) will be its producer, and both parties were surprised when Sorkin actually went and created a Facebook profile and his own group — and no, you cannot add him directly as a friend, believemeItried — in order to do research. From the synopsis in the Variety story, it sounds like Sorkin’s filming a documentary about how Facebook got started; from my scans of the earliest posts where Sorkin was actually responding to comments, he’s disappointed that everyone’s been so nice to him so far. The prevailing theory is that unless you’ve created a fake first name and surname for your Facebook profile — or use your first name and middle name like I do to protect my family’s privacy — everything you say can be held accountable to you, and that prevents many people from adhering to the Greater Internet Fuckwad Theory.

Posted on August 29, 2008 at 05:30 by Trisha Lynn · Permalink
In: News

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  1. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-08-29 at 10:31

    Many, but not all! I have in fact experienced GIFT via Facebook, albeit only once.

  2. Written by Kelly
    on 2008-09-02 at 01:43

    Am I the only one who’s confused by the fact that they’re making the documentary about Facebook instead of Myspace? Is there something I missed? Because I thought that Myspace was the first, or at least the biggest at one point. Is there some kind of story that facebook has that no one else does?

    I guess I should just wait for the documentary, huh.

  3. Written by Trisha Lynn
    on 2008-09-02 at 07:55

    There’s nothing confusing about it, as the Variety article intimated that Facebook approached him about it, and if they’re also helping pay for it or something like that, then it makes a hell of a whole lot of sense.

  4. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-09-02 at 09:14

    Also, Facebook’s story is about one college student who made himself a billionaire (nevermind that he got the idea while being hired to program a similar website for some other guys but never actually finished it).

    MySpace’s story would be about a few corporate employees who thought they could rip off Friendster better, did, and then made a few hundred million by selling out to Rupert Murdoch.

    Which one is more the embodiment of the American dream?

    Movies aren’t about companies or websites; they’re about people.

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