Journalism has real value. Gawker isn't journalism. Why don't people get this?
he treats the internet as more and more of a joke
He's not a Good Guy, but he's Admirable and Sympathetic because he's brilliant and insightful and while his hatred of the system perverts his intentions, he's right to dislike the system because it props up stripper parties and the Winklevii ... Meanwhile, the movie got Zuckerberg entirely wrong (which I resent because 18yo Mark and 18yo Rory had a lot in common). Zuckerberg wasn't status-hungry and he wasn't hell-bent on revenge. He was a Jobs-style idealist and an enormous troll.
Rory, I've been thinking about this comment all day and trying to figure out what about it rubbed me the wrong way. I haven't seen Veep, so maybe I'm misinterpreting what you mean by "cynicism and cunning." But I actually think that, in a show about public service, having it be all about "cynicism and cunning" is no more "realistic" than having it be about people being perfectly pure and good (which the West Wing characters certainly were not).
I've also heard that Veep isn't half as good as its source might imply, and is a very different animal all around. Only knowing In The Loop, I'd have to say that Veep doesn't seem to have sprung from the same soil at all.
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