Revenge of the nerd: Raging-geek saga is worth oversharing

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‘We lived on farms. We lived in cities. And now we live on the Internet,” says Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, the often obnoxious and always fascinating antihero of David Fincher’s controversial and utterly compelling “The Social Network,” quite possibly the first truly great fact-based movie of the 21st century.

Played as a petulant and socially maladroit genius in an award-worthy performance by Jesse Eisenberg, Zuckerberg fudges ethics while building an empire with a current valuation exceeding $33 billion and changing the way millions of us live. (For the record, I currently have 523 “friends” spanning several generations on Facebook.)

That the particulars of Zuckerberg’s life and business practices remain the subject of intense debate in no way diminishes the importance of “The Social Network,” which has an uncommonly perceptive, razor-sharp script by Aaron Sorkin (“The West Wing”). It’s the finest film in many years to open the New York Film Festival.

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