The American Dream in the Film Social Media
The American Dream is described as having the opportunity to achieve success by hard work, determination, dedication, access to education, and equality (Freese). At one time the American dream was the ability to put a roof over you and your family’s heads. To change the world is now the new American dream. Though struggles and unexpected tribulations will more times than none occur, and success and failure may be the outcome, it’s the possibility of that dream that keeps it afloat. Satisfaction of accomplishment from the success of a dream defines “Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness” from the United States Declaration of Independence. Vince Lombardi said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand (Lombardi).” The film “Social Media” is about a young college student named Mark Zuckerberg who has a vision of building a social networking site that he believes will gain him popularity and ultimately social and financial success (Fincher). This film best depicts the American Dream from the beginnings of a vision, the obstacles that stand in the way of accomplishment, and the final outcome of success (Melber). Mark Zuckerberg had a vision that he could measure his success by the amount of friends he had (Fincher). He began brainstorming for a way to quickly climb the social ladder. This was the beginnings of a vision. Mark decided that he and a group of his peers with the same goals in mind but different strengths could create a social media website that had the ability to connect and communicate with peers in a centralized location (Sklar). The further the vision went, the potential for other forms of success arose like financial and global success. The American Dream does not mean that things will be handed to us on a silver platter. It does not mean that it will be easy to obtain...
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