Got a spare evening? Here are some JC Social Media favourites that we recommend for all those in the social media space:
- The Social Network
Although Mr Zuckerberg has said that the storyline of this movie got him all wrong, apart from his on-screen wardrobe, Jessie Eisenberg plays a realistic version of our favourite social media geek (even if the motive behind him creating Facebook isn’t portrayed accurately). Aside from the legal troubles faced throughout, the real interest from a social media standpoint is the various iterations the platform goes through as the story plays out. A simple question such as “hey Mark, does Taylor have a boyfriend?” turns into the inclusion of a ‘relationship status’ on Facebook, a feature that we now take for granted. The infamous relationship status question now forces couples to label their shenanigans for the world (or at least their friends) to see, but also lets wedding dress designers have a field day when they realise they can show their ads to engaged people. Double genius.
Set in USA and based around a town with various different issues, all involving technology and social media. The characters include the teenager developing an eating disorder through pro-anorexia online forums, the protective mother checking her daughters location, social media profiles and even computer keystrokes, plus the bored married couple exploring adultery dating sites. It features the wonderful Jennifer Garner and makes you think carefully about how social media can be used to enhance our lives and ruin them, if not treated with caution.
- Black Mirror
Not actually a film but two-and-a-bit series (so far) of pure brilliance, and a real insight into a scary, scary world. Charlie Brooker’s creation takes you through 7 different scenarios taking technology to the extreme in each. Rumour has it that some of the episodes he created weren’t actually released because similar situations had already happened in real life. My personal favourite is The Entire History of You and the latest one White Christmas will leave you thinking for days. Warning – don’t watch any of these just before bedtime.
- The Internship
Creating an app that allows people to take pictures and share them “on the line, in real time” sounded like a great idea at the time. Too bad it already exists. This is just one of the awkward and hilarious situations that Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughan find themselves in. For those of us who are heavily into using jargon but don’t realise how much, this will be a short sharp reminder. I recommend this film for a) a few giggles and b) to put it all into perspective.
Can you think of any more films social media managers should see, that should be added to our list? Let us know!