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“The Social Network” + “Life As We Know It” = Rutgers Suicide?

"The Social Network" + "Life As We Know It" = Rutgers Suicide?

Armond White digs in on David Fincher’s “The Social Network” (“a cinematic calamity”) and Greg Berlanti’s “Life As We Know It” (“an appeasement of the pre-fab, bourgeois status quo”) to find a link to the recent gay suicide at Rutgers University.

It begins…

“We can’t pretend that anything is more important in film culture than the Internet humiliation-death of Rutgers University student Tyler Clementi taking place the same week as the media hype for The Social Network. After that human tragedy, the media’s celebration of the Facebook movie (a cinematic calamity) shows an alarming disregard for how movies intersect with real life. The Social Network so glamorizes the destructive effects of Internet license and individual greed that its carelessness reflects upon Life As We Know It—a perfect dovetailing with the new romcom starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel that re-wires the argument about same-sex marriage into a tired screwball formula.”


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