If you build it, they will come. But you’re not off the hook. (My thoughts on The Social Network.)

ImageJournal.org has just posted a few of my thoughts on The Social Network, the new film by David Fincher.

Here’s a bit that didn’t end up in the review, probably because it wasn’t so much about the movie as it was about defending Facebook from its critics:

My own experience on Facebook has been rich and rewarding. I meet new people almost every day, enjoy thoughtful conversations, investigate art and culture, and discover kindred spirits. I’ve been introduced to a wealth of art, culture, and humor that I would otherwise have missed. And I’ve received letters from people who were blessed by conversations about sensitive subjects that took place between friends on my Facebook page. I’ve even met dozens of people in person who made first contact on Facebook.

That is to say, when people say they’re not on Facebook because they “don’t need to know what kind of bagel I had for breakfast”… they’re really exposing a lack of imagination. Sure, a lot of people waste our time in their social networking with pointless posts. But I know a lot of people who use Facebook in useful, rewarding ways.

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About Jeffrey Overstreet

Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.