Like, The West Wing had a whole episode dedicated to how message boards, and people who visit them, are havens for the unmedicated and overly hysterical called The U.S. Poet Laureate, which contained this scene:
JOSHThe Internet people have gone crazy.
They're calling the GAO "General Josh's Standing Army", and saying I don't understand it's mandate and purpose. They're saying if I could get a review of anything I want, that I should start by reviewing the job of Deputy C.O.S. Then one guy compares me to a poor man's Clark Clifford, and a page and a half of posts, debating whether or not I was mocking Egyptians with the Sanskrit reference.
I told you they were hysterical.
I thought you meant they were funny.
I know they're not! It's "Lord of the Flies" in there.
Sorkin has often called bloggers and people who populate the internet names, like saying that they are fat chain smokers blogging in mumus while waiting for their tv dinners to heat up. He's also made the point, time and time again, that the internet is a perilous spot to garner information because there are no credentials from people with only handles instead of names.
Says Tom Jeter of Studio 60:
I'm a fan of credentials. It's like we've all spent the last five years living in a Roger Corman film called "Revenge of the Hack".No culpability and no way of seeing if the person blogging is an eight year old or someone who actually knows something about the subject is a bad in Sorkin's world. Mine too, if we want to get right down to it.
All this boils down to the fact that if someone was going to be messing about on the internet, Aaron Sorkin is probably the last person on earth to be doing it. John McCain would be ahead of him. Apparently, I was wrong in that assessment...
Anyway, it's been about a month, and here's what Aaron says about it:
Welcome. I'm Aaron Sorkin. I understand there are a few other people using Facebook pages under my name--which I find more flattering than creepy--but this is me. I don't know how I can prove that but feel free to test me.So go and join the group. Let's give the big lug some sort of pleasant experience in the internet world. And maybe comment in the discussion group things. I probably won't be doing that, but still.
I've just agreed to write a movie for Sony and producer Scott Rudin about how Facebook was invented. I figured a good first step in my preparation would be finding out what Facebook is, so I've started this page. (Actually it was started by my researcher, Ian Reichbach, because my grandmother has more Internet savvy than I do and she's been dead for 33 years.)
Some of you might be familiar with some things I've written. I'm the author of two Broadway plays--A Few Good Men and The Farnsworth Invention, five feature films--A Few Good Men, The American President, Malice, Charlie Wilson's War and The Trial of the Chicago 7 which is in pre-production, and three television series--Sports Night, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip and the first four seasons of The West Wing.
I honestly don't know how this works, which is why I'm here. If anyone has any questions I'd be happy to answer them as best I can. If anyone has any comments I'm glad to listen. And if anyone has any Facebook stories I think they might be helpful.
That's all. I'll try to get better at this as I get more practice.
* I feel about this introduction the way I felt about Sophie's Choice--It could have been funnier.