One is the sequel to computer epic 'TRON' and the other is a movie about the beginning of Facebook. But what do these movies have to do with upcoming South Park episode 'You Have 0 Friends'?
Well, in the episode description of 'You Have 0 Friends', it's described as being about Stan getting sucked into Facebook when Kyle begs him to "friend" him on the social networking site. In a still from the episode, Stan is shown decked out in 'TRON'-style gear, probably ready to partake in some real-life Facebook games like FarmVille (oh please make fun of FarmVille) and Mafia Wars. So will 'You Have 0 Friends' make a mockery out of Facebook by putting the social network site in a 'TRON'-style setting, or will it make it look epically awesome?
I'm hoping that the episode thoroughly destroys the social networking site, just like the MCP is destroyed in 'TRON", ridding the world of the ridiculous hold Facebook has over all of us, and this crazy obsession with collecting "friends", many of which are people that Facebook users' only social contact with has been when they are invited or invite them to be their Facebook friends!
In 'TRON', the MCP (Master Control Program) reveals that its ultimate plan is to break into the mainframe of the Pentagon and other military mainframes in order to essentially take over and run the human world itself. So will Facebook be portrayed as having the same agenda? Will Justin Timberlake be one of the Users/Programs in 'You Have 0 Friends'? Will Facebook ever be defeated?
I don't know, but I think that many Facebook users would love the opportunity to be sucked into the social networking site, and therefore I think that even if 'You Have 0 Friends' makes those that have friended everyone they went to high school with, the college friends of every one they went to high school with, the family members of the college friends of every one they went to high school with, and that random guy they talked to for five minutes at the bar last night look like idiots, all that they will do is log into Facebook to tell all their "friends" about the awesome episode of South Park they just saw and let everyone know that they will definitely be watching 'TRON Legacy' when it hits theaters. Because having this kind of enlightening conversation with yourself about what you've just done, what you're doing right now, and what you're going to do in the future is just what Facebook friends are for.
Written by: Aida Ekberg