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Is Mark Zuckerberg a hero or a villain?

"The Social Network" opening Friday portrays Mark Zuckerberg's invention of Facebook while a Harvard sophomore. In her review, Anne Hornaday writes: "Audiences will recognize Zuckerberg's quirky genius and single-minded passion as the stuff of cinematic archetype. But he's also as remote, ruthless and flat-lined as any cold-eyed killer." What do you think? Is Zuckerberg a hero or a villain?

By Andrea Caumont  |  October 1, 2010; 9:44 AM ET  | Category:  National Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Zuckerberg is a flawed hero. FB is an unprecedented success, but the young entrepreneur has made several mistakes along the way.

Posted by: AxelDC | October 1, 2010 12:08 PM

The question is if he really did steal the idea - or how ethical he was in developing the idea. He did what he did and people love it. He's definitely not worse than the terrible things that Bill Gates did to get to the top.

Posted by: cmecyclist | October 1, 2010 3:15 PM

I think he's neither! He latched onto a great idea and is profiting from it.I think putting him in either category is giving him a lot more credit than he is due.

Posted by: hebe1 | October 1, 2010 3:52 PM


Ridiculous to say he's a "cold eyed killer". Where did THAT come from?

He's just another arrogant, snotty, annointed one who thinks he's above lesser morals...of which everyone is one.

Sick of the type.

Posted by: whistling | October 1, 2010 9:33 PM

He's neither. What he created has its merits, but I question his motives and his sense of responsibility. I suspect he's a punk who grew up in a class-based, greedy culture without much of a conscience, who's making the best of that, monetarily, that he can.

Posted by: Tara12 | October 1, 2010 10:19 PM

Based on my reading of a gazillion articles about Zuckerberg and the movie, my conclusions:
1. The movie is far from a factual account of Zuckerberg's career.
2. He is still enough of a genuine self-centered, amoral jerk to deserve almost all of the bad press he is receiving.

Posted by: tbarksdl | October 5, 2010 5:27 AM

He is a villain. He treats his users and customers like crap. Tries to buy goodwill with a well timed donation of $100 million to the Newark School System to try and counter the movie (childish). Instead he should simply "do good" like Google. This guy is all about self indulgence and evil.

Posted by: rcc_2000 | October 5, 2010 8:48 AM

He's a shepherd, shearing his 500 million sheep.

Posted by: Davidd1 | October 5, 2010 10:00 AM

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