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The Social Network

by Jim (Curate)
on Oct 04, 2010 at 04:58 UTC ( #863250=perlmeditation: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

Perl is the programming language star of the new movie The Social Network. Don't we care? Aren't we talking about it?

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Re: The Social Network
by Anonymous Monk on Oct 04, 2010 at 06:47 UTC
    Perl is the programming language star of the new movie...

    Don't you mean gemstone ?

    Don't we care? Aren't we talking about it?

    Do you care? Are you talking about it?

    I personally don't care and I'm not talking about it.

      So you don't care about the movie but you do care enough about other people talking about it that you post a comment...

      I find it a iteresting bit of trivia.

        Who is talking about the movie? While Jim loaded question certainly assumes that its being talked about by the perl community, including himself, there is no evidence to support this :) Its almost not unlike an attempt at reverse psychology :)
Re: The Social Network
by RyuMaou (Deacon) on Oct 04, 2010 at 15:16 UTC
    Actually, they had a couple technologies in there, including Perl and PHP and Apache as well as some *Nix utilities. Honestly, based on some things I'd heard, I was gratified that they at least seemed to get the tech right. In fact, I heard a rumor, which was passed on from an NPR review, that when they sent the script for the movie over to Facebook, they *only* commented on the tech and helped them get that part right.

    Since the movie is based on a book with which none of the principals cooperated or contributed, there is some question as to the accuracy. Most of what is expressed as factual was apparently pulled from the public records of various lawsuits. There's no telling what really went on that was off the record.

    But, all that aside, it was a fairly good story and I enjoyed the movie.
    And, yes, I enjoyed seeing the Perl reference most of all!
      Since the movie is based on a book with which none of the principals cooperated or contributed, there is some question as to the accuracy. Most of what is expressed as factual was apparently pulled from the public records of various lawsuits. There's no telling what really went on that was off the record.

      But this is what's so cool about the expository scene in which the Mark Zuckerberg character narrates Zuckerberg's creation of Facemash. He's reading Zuckerberg's real online blog posts verbatim in cinematic real time. These posts are in the public domain and are available online.

      So the principal did, indeed, contribute dialogue monologue, actually to the film. The references to Perl, Emacs, wget, etc. are from the horse's mouth.

        Ha! Well, okay, then in that case, I stand happily corrected! Like I previously mentioned, outside of various transcripts and public records, there's some question about what went on. But, I have to admit, it really is nice to know they got this part of it right. And, I really thought it was great that the only part of the script anyone from Facebook actually made notes about was the tech.
        It made me want to go home and code something!
Re: The Social Network
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Oct 06, 2010 at 15:15 UTC

    Modems were the “modern technology” in War Games.   :-D   Hollywood really doesn’t care about technical accuracy anyway... only that it “looks cool” ... and rightly so.   Theirs is a game that has famously been described as “bums in seats” and selling tickets.

    What we should be talking about is this:

    my $blockbuster = Movie::Maker->new(qw/The Social Network/);

    “On the first day, God created Perl.   And God saw that Perl was good.   So, God started the program and went home.”
    “And on the seventh day, the devil created Java ...”
      :-D

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