Ben Mezrich now making shit up about Facebook

Pax Arcana

Just when you thought Facebook couldn’t get any more annoying (seriously, people, stop throwing things at me), this article in the Boston Herald is sure to convince you otherwise.

21 premiere 130308It looks like Ben Mezrich — whom we have already identified as a Nazi-worshipping child molester with chronic halitosis and severely lopsided testicles — is fixing to use his special brand of journalism to tell the story of Facebook’s origins:

Facebook’s controversial beginnings in early 2004 at Harvard University – when several students were working on social networking sites simultaneously – have sparked news articles and a few lawsuits, but with Mezrich’s help the story may make it to the mainstream. Plus, veteran screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is already signed on to adapt the book into a movie, Mezrich confirmed.

Mezrich is most famous for his book “Bringing Down the House,” which was an engaging tale of a bunch MIT students who took Las Vegas for millions. You may also remember that in lieu of doing actual research for that book, he talked to one guy and then made up a bunch of shit.

But this time will be different, I’m sure. Now that Mezrich is rich and famous and has frosted tips, I’m sure the major players involved can’t wait to talk to him:

Mezrich, who doesn’t want to give too much away, says his story will be “about entrepreneurship at Harvard and about Mark Zuckerberg,” the Facebook founder who so far won’t talk to him.

The article also notes that Mezrich will be  “working long hours through the holidays to get the book to his publisher, Doubleday.” So I guess all he needs is Zuckerberg to call him before, like, next Friday and he’ll be good.

Boston author Ben Mezrich pens tale of Facebook’s founders [Boston Herald]
House of cards [Boston Globe]
Bringing down the “Bringing Down the House” [Pax Arcana]



Filed under journalism

6 responses to “Ben Mezrich now making shit up about Facebook

  1. Perry Ellis

    This guy is unbelievable. From the Globe piece on his prior liefest about card players and events that never happened (emphasis added):

    Nearly all the details and facts in the book were culled from his research, Mezrich says, and where they were compressed or creatively rearranged, the fundamental truth of the story he tells is undiminished.

    Mezrich’s response to these specifics is to say that everything he describes is accurate, only that it didn’t necessarily happen to the people, in the places, or at the times it occurs in the book. He had to change things, he says, in part to protect the identities of the people he wrote about. But he also admits that, as he puts it, “I took literary license to make it readable.”

    “The idea that the story is true,” he adds, “is more important than being able to prove that it’s true.”

    WTF? WTFingF?!

    OK, I think I can do this: The idea that I am better looking, wealthier and more talented than Brad Pitt is more important than being able to prove it. You’ve seen all those movies I’m in, right?

    The facts that I’m somewhat homely, grossly underpaid and have absolutely no acting ability whatsoever are just, er, inconveniences. Now, please excuse me. I’ve got Clooney on the other line. He wants to talk about “Ocean’s 7,046.”

  2. Fallen Angel

    I’m better looking than Brad Pitt. That is both factual and actual.

  3. Perry Ellis

    …but less important than the idea that you’re better looking than BP. Which you most assuredly are not, my wrasslin’, splatter-fest loving friend.

  4. perkisabeast

    He’s a douche. why would I want to watch a fucking movie about Facebook? That’d be the most boring movie ever.

  5. politicz

    I spoke with Jeff Ma and a few original members of the MIT card counting team. And although they said Mezrich condensed timeframes and made composite characters, everything in the book happened…and that the Boston Globe’s article was shotty reporting.

    Believe what you want, but I heard it from the guys he wrote about.

  6. By shoddy reporting, I presume you mean gathering direct quotes of the guys in question saying things like:

    “I don’t even know if you want to call the things in there exaggerations, because they’re so exaggerated they’re basically untrue,” said John Chang, an MIT graduate and one of the inspirations for the character Micky Rosa, who in the book is the team’s founder and leader.

    He’s a fucking fugazi.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s