Smcm Insults: an Insult to St. Mary's

The Smcm Compliments Facebook account is a wonderful addition to the St. Mary’s social media community. It brings to light all the wonderful people on our campus by sharing why we love them in a positive manner. Plus, receiving a compliment easily makes your day.

But this week, I received a friend request from the newly created “Smcm Insults” account. It posts insults about various people on campus.

I don’t know who runs the account, but so far some pretty rude things have been said. I am sure these are meant to be humorous and aren’t serious, but I think the whole thing should be ended immediately. To be honest, it makes me a little sick.

Doesn’t the idea of an insults page seem a bit regressive?

We have things like the St. Mary’s Way, St. Mary’s Day, and open discussions about various topics on campus to try to promote more positive dialogue and an overall positive atmosphere at St. Mary’s.

Smcm Insults just seems like a very easy way to breed the wrong kind of community feel: a false sense of who we are. And if this is who we are becoming, we need a serious wake up call. Pages like this are what leads to cyber bullying. And I’m not saying that this page will, but it certainly has the makings. Does anyone remember Formspring?

Plus, if people from outside our community see posts from the page, they most likely won’t know it’s a joke. Imagine how that might reflect on us as a school.

One of the main reasons I came to St. Mary’s in the first place was because I felt really drawn to the tight-knit community full of people who care about each other and are proud of their achievements and goals. I’m sure a lot of other students feel the same way as well.

Smcm Compliments reminds me why I go here, and makes me proud to share this campus with such individuals mentioned by its posts. Smcm Insults is an insult to the College itself and just makes me sad.

Rowan Copley ‘Likes’ “The Social Network”

Photo Courtesy of thesocialnetworkthemovie.com
Photo Courtesy of thesocialnetworkthemovie.com

When I walked in to see The Social Network, I wasn’t really too concerned that it was going to be some super-sexified techno-romp like Hackers, the 1990s action flick. While Hackers was a whiz-banging good time, it existed in a glittering parallel universe where computer hackers clever enough could easily put on a light show with a skyscraper, or do any number of absurd things, through this new technology called the World Wide Web. I wanted a history that didn’t need to sex up its material to make it interesting.

But in actuality this movie isn’t about the technology, or really about the Internet at all. From the very first scene, where Mark Zuckerberg (played by Michael Cera doppelganger Jesse Eisenberg) gets dumped by his girlfriend (played by Rooney Mara), the film’s focus is squarely on Zuckerberg, where it remains for the rest of the movie.

And yeah, it’s a well-crafted film, one which claims to only be a dramatization of history (though real-life Zuckerberg denies that it is at all factual). It moves quickly, most of the scenes are beautifully dark (don’t forget that director David Fincher made Fight Club), and I am really impressed by Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg.

Without a good actor portraying the guy, Zuckerberg’s absolute absence of tact or apparent emotion probably would have drowned out any empathy we feel for him.

Zuckerberg’s character is still shockingly arrogant, however, which makes it difficult to side with him when things start to get ugly and people start vying for a piece of the $16 billion Facebook pie. Actually, this aloof computer genius seems so fundamentally anti-social that you have to start wondering how the hell he ever ended up inventing Facebook, one of the most social inventions ever.

But that’s about as far as the filmmakers take you into Zuckerberg’s psyche, before reeling you back in with the movie’s other major players, notably including Justin Timberlake’s roguish Sean Parker, the founder of Napster who ends up leaving a major mark in Facebook’s seminal years, and Andrew Garfield’s Eduardo Saverin, Zuckerberg’s close (and perhaps betrayed) friend and Facebook’s CFO.

I enjoyed the movie because it didn’t feel fake, and I’d recommend it because it’s not trying to propagate any message. Go see it because it’s a well-told story about this crazy-smart guy who accidentally invented something almost everyone loves.