As news emerges that teenagers have spent less time on Facebook, and there are more proﬁles getting closed on the social network, Sony has released its newest trailer for The Social Network.
After 9-11, it’s time to tell the “other” story of the ’noughties. And if Facebook is the topic of a Hollywood ﬁlm, then this could mean it has jumped the shark.
What’s next? A new social network where privacy is respected? Or, something more radical?
Modern kids in the ﬁrst and second world might want that newfangled “real life” next, because to them, the internet is ubiquitous, not special. So why not balance what was once a novelty to us with what we once found to be normal? As we once said: try it now, do it more, things you’ve never done before. The mainstreaming of extreme sports, if you will, simpliﬁed to basic exercise and enjoying the outdoors. It almost seems new.
Simplicity seems to be “in” in so many facets of life, whether it’s a netbook without bells and whistles, or the old-shape Audi A4 with SEAT Exeo badging. Somewhere along the line, practicality ﬁnally found its place ahead of wank. It can happen in some economic recessions.
Real life: more valuable to the teenagers of the 2010s than we thought. It’s back in vogue.
PS.: Thanks to Stefan Engeseth for inspiring part of this post.—JY