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The Social Network; Success has Millions of Fathers but Failure is an Orphan

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Director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin have made a spontaneous but provocative story about the origin of Facebook; a story that combines the parallel narrative writing of Sorkin, and the amazing directing and imagery of Fincher. Like The Godfather and Taxi Driver, The Social Network raises questions about who is good, what is right and the definition of success in America.

So, what do you expect from a 19-year-old drunk, heartbroken Harvard geek?

He hacked the Harvard computer system and created a site called “Facemash”, which features two female students side by side to choose the sexiest. The site received 20,000 hits in no time and the Harvard network crashed.

That Harvard student was the brilliant Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) the founder of Facebook; the blue window that changed A LOT in our personal and professional lives. Although the story of the movie shows how Facebook was founded, it has another side which shows that money could devastate people. It also shows betrayals, grudges, jealousy and hate.

“They had an idea, but I had a better one.” These were Mark’s words when he was dealing with the lawsuit against him from the Winklevoss twins (both played by Armie Hammer), who claimed that Mark stole the idea of “Facebook” from them. The Winklevoss brothers, the gentlemen of Harvard, are two arrogant American aristocratic Harvard students, who try to use the geek Mark to create the “Harvard network” for them after the famous network crash of Harvard caused by Mark.

Brainstorming can help in many cases, but in this case it is not brainstorming. It is a kind of selfishness from Zuckerburg to choose to develop their idea into a better one but not giving them any credit.

The other lawsuit that Zuckerberg was dealing with was with Eduardo Saverin (Andrew Garfield), Zuckerberg’s less-geeky self-described best friend. As any project or an idea it needs good finance to rise up and work, and here, it was the role of Eduardo Saverin. He provided the main capital money for founding Facebook. The servers that Eduardo provided made Facebook spread faster, first in the university campus, then other colleges in the state, followed by UK universities and so on.

Because of Zuckerberg’s arrogant and self-centered character as well as his jealousy of Saverin because he was less of a geek, more socially successful, and was accepted in a Harvard club whereas Zuckerberg was rejected, he betrayed Saverin by cutting him off Facebook. He pushed Eduardo out of the picture and got his shares in the company cut to next to nothing by the help of Napster co-creator Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake).

Cutting between the testimonies given in the respective Saverin and Winklevoss cases, we see the founding of Facebook, its combative aftermath, and Zuckerberg himself through multiple points-of-view. While the truth of who came up with Facebook, or who may be owed what, remains debatable, it is nevertheless crystal clear why, as the film’s great tagline says, you don’t get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies.

And as we know, success bring people, we meet Sean Parker, the founder of two legendary web startups, Napster and Plaxo. It is the active Parker, just out of work but basked in fame and past success, who grabs Zuckerberg by the ears and pulls him into the big game. He explains why Facebook needs to move to Silicon Valley, where more money would come from venture capitalists and would be more than Eduardo could ever raise with his hat-in-hand visits to wealthy New Yorkers. Parker also tried, though successfully, to introduce Zuckerberg into the fast lane: big offices, wild parties, women, and the availability of booze and cocaine.

Anyway, money can destroy and devastate anyone, but not Zuckerberg, he wasn’t interested in money or hot dates with sexy women, he only wanted to work, work and work. He texted Eduardo in California saying, “In general we don’t do fun things. But that’s OK because the business is fun”. However, Zuckerberg was also kind of a jerk, and that was said by almost every single character in the movie.

He was called arrogant, selfish and simply in need of some proof that he is not as lonely or nerdy as he really is. This was even clearer in what he wrote on his business cards: “I’m CEO…..*****!”

Youssef Abdel Aziz

EDITORS: Mennat-Allah Yasser Zohny & Nada Adel Sobhi

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Movie Review: “The Platform” & Corporate Cannibalism – Abir Yassin

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Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia’s horror thriller “The Platform” has been a regular feature on Netflix’s daily Top 10 since it hit the streaming service, and no wonder it is a hit: with its generous cannibalism scenes, suicide, starvation, blood, guts and with a really strong, or may be a young “message”, how could it not be a headliner?

“THERE ARE 3 KINDS OF PEOPLE; THE ONES ABOVE, THE ONES BELOW, AND THE ONES WHO FALL…”

A Spanish science fiction horror thriller film, one can define it as the modern man featuring “ANIMAL FARM” with a unique setting, large vertical tower-style of 200 or more stories where each floor has a small room with two inmates, the residents got transmitted randomly between levels, and are getting fed for two minutes a day through a platform, where they get to eat the leftovers of the level before them.

The film is an actual mind trigger one; it is not a feel-good movie, it can take you to thoughts, may be you have never thought of or even think that this could ever happen. You can see it from a Darwin political view or from a communist view or may be a religious view in a way. What about a realistic point of view…

The movie’s main character Goreng, the new comer, who grabbed a book to the prison where others grab different kind of weapons to such a piece of Hell, to defend themselves or kill each other, for food, not to mention that the book was “don Quixote”, the man who fights the wind mills, significant much! He was addressed by another cellmate, “that’s not a place for a book lover” he has enlightenment thoughts that were not very welcomed with other random prison mates, he wanted to talk, have a reasonable conversation with the lower or the upper floors, and as the film goes on, one can see how his character develops and forget all about the conversation, even started to eat the paper of his only book.

He tried his best to keep the good side in him, but when it gets to deliver his message to all the floors in the prison he made his own weapon and he didn’t mind killing others for the sake of delivering food for all the levels, he seeks equality and be fair to all, just to send a message for the management” up there” that all levels can share and be fair to each other. The character development was perfectly framed with the actor’s paced out eye looks and his language that changed through the movie.

 Reaching the ending of the movie, it is full of mixed ideas and will definitely leave you full handed with so many things going on in your mind…

If you think it is a fiction, can’t be happening, how can ever be such a jail?

Have a closer look at your daily routine please again nowadays. Kept in home in lockdown quarantine right? going out only for your essential needs, can you see the link now, not yet? check the news, people in the first world countries are fighting over toilet paper, reminded me much about those in level 8 devouring the food in the most grotesque way, never in mind how the people in level 100 are doing…

Shall I mention the panic shopping and how greedy people get when they get scared? Remember that viral video of the lady who was crying by the empty shelves looking for her baby’s diapers and can’t find any…” if everyone ate only what they needed” A line said by Goreng or may I say the new comer of the prison, did you think of that when you saw how each and every one was grabbing whatever on the shelves lately, all over the globe?

Look how countries invade other countries medical supplements essentials because they are just panicking about the pandemic disease in the air, and the countries didn’t get hungry yet… Can you imagine how ugly things can get if there is a lack in food essentials?

To deal with business you have to deal with the inner human being thoughts, isn’t that what HR is about. Watch this movie and read William Golding LORD OF FIES and you can definitely understand how hideous MAN can get when his life is in danger, the possible cut in salaries and letting go of the employees will reveal an ugly face in the next few months… be prepared companies, try to think with your minds not with numbers, economy will be affected that’s for sure, everything can be recapped after this scary coronavirus beast be defeated, but your real weapon is the Human Resources… HUMAN.

Written By: Abir Yassin

Director: Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia

Writers: David Desola, Pedro Rivero

Stars: Ivan Massagué, Zorion Eguileor, Antonia San Juan, Emilio Buale, Alexandra Masangkay

Running Time: 1h 34m

Genres: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

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Breaking Bad ~ How far an Underpaid Employee Can Go?

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Written By: Abir Yassin

Breaking Bad is a well-known crime drama television series. The story of the series is about an underestimated, genius, underpaid and depressed high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who is diagnosed with lung cancer. Along with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) white started a crime life cooking and selling crystalized Methamphetamine. White had that extreme career shift from a teacher to a drug producer in order to secure his family financially after his death.

It may sound funny to you, but underpaid employees can go through depression and even have suicidal tendencies, according to some researches. Not all teachers are as dark genius as Walter White, and go to the crime life correspondingly to a personal medical report. Teaching, in particular, is known globally to be one of the most underpaid professions. We all have a friend who works as a teacher and you know exactly what I am talking about, especially when you know that this teacher has so much potential, and is very well talented yet struggles through his/her life because of the low paycheck.

Not only teachers who are struggling with underpayment, in every profession there is THAT boss who don’t appreciate his/her employees and give them their due. There are a lot of signs to know if you are an underpaid or no, for example, when your level of responsibility has increased and your salary hasn’t. Or maybe you get a raise but it is like 1% to 3% of your salary through the last two years. A more obvious sign for being underpaid, that you never asked for a raise, according to an analysis by Salary.com that failing to negotiate could potentially cost you more than a million dollar over the course of your career. Last but not least you have to ask yourself this question, how fair is what you earn on your job in comparison to others doing the same type of work you do?!

What underpaying can do is that it breeds frustration like what happened with Walter White. His cancer was the last straw, for a man who never had a cigarette, to break down or break bad and start cooking Meth. Not just in drama series that work and being an underpaid can affect your health. Due to some studies the least underpaying can do to a human body that it raises the risks of rating oneself as having pour health, headaches and stomach, back and chest pains. It hurts when you feel that you are under-rated and get less than what (you think) is fair on an emotional and even physical level.

Final word to any business owner, invest in your employees, and you will gain much more when they are well-paid and in good health, emotionally and physically. It affects the productivity and when the employee loses the motivation and enthusiasm, everything in the work station goes down.

And keep in mind that Walter White killed a lot of people who crossed him in the most vicious and brilliant ways!!! HAPPY HALLOWEEN.

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OS MINIONS COMO INSPIRAÇÃO PARA FUNCIONÁRIOS!

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Você já ouviu falar dos Minions? Esses personagens fofos que apareceram em dois filmes antes de se destacarem ao ponto de terem seu próprio filme? Se não conhece, pesquise no Google, você nunca vai se arrepender e eles nunca irão falhar em colocar um sorriso no seu rosto.

Você sabe o que é realmente interessante sobre os Minions, além da fofura e da linguagem esquisita que precisa de um glossário especial? Eles são ótimos trabalhadores. Surpreso? Eles têm o espírito de equipe e seguem seu líder com todo o coração. Eles são tão devotados que podem até sacrificar suas vidas pelo mestre ou chefe.

 “Minion” realmente significa subordinado ou seguidor de uma pessoa poderosa, um ser servil ou sem importância.  Pierre Coffin, o criador dos Minions disse que eles foram feitos para serem estúpidos. Eu não os vejo como estúpidos, eles fazem o trabalho e estão sempre ali quando você precisa. Eles são tão leais que trouxeram à filha adotiva do seu chefe, Agnes, um baboi*, em Meu Malvado Favorito 1 (2010). Como um funcionário você pode achar isso submisso, mas pensando como um Minion, foi muito divertido fantasiar-se e cantar em voz alta em um shopping “Copacabana, uhuuuu”! É tudo uma questão aproveitar oportunidades; não fique desanimado com uma tarefa. Faça. Toda experiência conta, e você nunca vai saber quão benéfico pode ser para seu futuro.

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Em Meu malvado favorito 2 (2013), quando o malvado Gru se torna oficialmente um super pai, e muda a sua carreira de Malvado para um doce de pessoa, os Minions estavam lá também. Eles não desistiram dele. Eles até mesmo chamavam ele de “papa”. A coisa mais incrível sobre os Minions como funcionários é a devoção deles. A felicidade e bem estar deles permite aceitar as mudanças e aproveitar isso. Eles se importam com o trabalho, que é o que em nós, seres humanos, realmente falta.

O último filme dos Minions (2015) mostra a história deles com todos os mestres vilões que eles já serviram, começando com o T-Rex até Napoleão. Devido a morte “acidental” dos seus patrões, os Minions ficam depressivos e se isolam na Antártica. Isso soa familiar? Quando você falha num certo trabalho, se tranca no quarto e fica encarando o teto?  Então tudo o que você precisa é Kevin, um dos Minions que decide sair do isolamento e achar um outro chefe ou outro emprego, nos nossos termos. Kevin não desistiu e você também não irá.

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Kevin não foi sozinho; ele foi com o entediado e obsessivo por guitarras, Stuart e o jovem faminto Bob. Eles tiveram uma jornada alucinante, que começou em Nova York e terminou com o pequeno Bob se tornando rei da Inglaterra. O que eles fizeram foi realmente inspirador, eles não cederam à depressão, seguiram em frente e aproveitaram as oportunidades que surgiram, enfrentando alguns percalços na estrada. Entregar-se não era uma opção. Lutar por seus destinos fez com que eles conhecessem seu único e malvado chefe Gru, no final do filme.

Sempre que você se sentir para baixo e que não há oportunidades, não desista, seja um Minion e busque. Assista os 3 filmes e imagine que todos os Minions na sua frente dizendo: “Tulaliloo ti amo**” e comendo um “Gelato***” junto com uma “Baple****” e tudo ficará bem.

Tank u*****

Minions glossário:

*Baboi: brinquedo

**Tulaliloo ti amo : nós te amamos

***Gelato: sorvete

****Baple: maçã

*****Tank u: obrigado

Traduzido por: Gabriela Neves

Escrito por: Abir Yassin

MINIONS AS AN INSPIRATION FOR WORKERS!

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