Take a Drink: at every shot of a cringeworthy photo a Facebook user posted. (Small sips- there are many.)
Take a Drink: whenever Brant’s son whines about not being able to join Facebook.
Take a Drink: for Stouty Stout, the true star of this documentary.
Do a Shot: for Stouty Stout’s pee jars.
Take a Drink: for every weirdo or creep you would never want to “friend.”
Take a Drink: every time someone says “narcissist.”
Do a Shot: for every celebrity.
By: BabyRuth (Two Beers) –
You probably have a Facebook account. Most people do. For many, it’s part of their everyday routine. Wake up -> have coffee -> check email -> open Facebook -> stalk ex -> “like” your friend’s 503rd photo of their precious child (which looks exactly like the other 502) while pitying them for having no life… oh what? Four hours have gone by?
It may seem unbelievable, but there are people who are not part of the Facebook community. I happen to be one of them.
Really. (I’ll pause while you wonder what’s wrong with me.)
I’ve never even had a Myspace page. Is your mind blown yet? I do have a Twitter account though, so I’m not a complete social media outcast.
Not entirely living off the grid.
Brant Pinvidic is another one of the few of us who never bought into the whole “let’s put my entire life up on the internets for everyone to see” sensation. He despises the whole idea of Facebook and doesn’t understand the obsession. Brant and his wife, who also does not have an account, are perfectly fine with having a Facebook-free home. But there’s a problem, their son is approaching the legal “Facebook age” of thirteen and wants to join. Brant knows he can only shield his children for so long before letting go and allowing them to make their own decisions and mistakes. Mistakes that could follow them around for the rest of their lives.
This prompts Brant to go on a bit of a soul-searching journey to find out what it is he really has against the social networking site. Is Facebook the problem or could it be him? Maybe he should just give it a chance and set up an account to see what all the fuss is about.
In Why I’m Not on Facebook Pinvidic examines every aspect of the site and all the good, bad, and ugly that comes along with it (as you can imagine, there is a LOT of ugly). He interviews friends, strangers, and even celebrities attempting to get some answers. It’s a very thorough and entertaining investigation and Pinvidic’s animated enthusiasm and storytelling style keep the 78 minutes moving at a brisk pace.
To better understand what all the hoopla is about, Pinvidic even tries it out himself, via a fake account with the name Steve Steel. Within a few days, “Steve” has hundreds of Facebook friends, many of whom have their personal contact info publicly posted. There are some funny moments when he calls them (they’re shocked of course) and in one case, even shows up at a new friend’s home.
Stouty Stout deserves a toast all his own. I’m not entirely convinced this segment wasn’t staged, but even if it was, he’s pretty awesome.
Pinvidic also speaks to numerous experts, including Dr. Drew, who sheds some light on the psychology behind the obsession. And while Pinvidic doesn’t score an interview with the most famous founder of Facebook, he does land one with the Winklevoss twins, who talk about their fallout with Zuckerberg and reveal something pretty surprising.
Along the way, we meet various other characters: fanatics, freaks, creeps, and pseudo-celebrities, all of whom have had their lives affected for better or worse since becoming members.
Probably not a fan of Facebook.
Though Pinvidic makes his stance clear from the beginning, this is in no way a one-sided documentary. He keeps an open mind, presenting the pros and cons as he finds them, and often points out that it is the individual and how they choose to use Facebook, not the site itself, that is responsible for the outcome.
The big decision Pinvidic faces, besides allowing his son to open an account, is whether or not to join himself.
He doesn’t really make that decision, instead finding a way to have his cake and post it too.
But the personal journey is really just the framing device to present what is ultimately a very interesting and comprehensive exploration of the cultural phenomenon that has changed the way millions of people live.
Available on streaming platforms beginning November 3rd, Why I’m Not on Facebook is definitely an eye-opening and worthwhile watch for Facebook fans as well as haters. It will definitely make users think before the next time they post as well as tweak those privacy settings (but is anything truly private?).