It seems somewhat ironic that ex-Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor would eventually co-compose the soundtrack for a movie telling the story of Facebook (The Social Network). After all, Renzor has been openly vocal about his feelings towards the popular social website, declaring that "Facebook sucks" because its seemingly breeding an army of fake people.
But now that the Facebook movie is making rounds in theaters nationwide and appears quite popular with critics and moviegoers alike, Reznor still hasn't changed his tune. In a recent interview, he rolls out his prejudice against those who portray themselves as a different person on Facebook--even those he knows personally.
"In the age of over-sharing and hyper-real versions of people presenting and representing themselves on the web, that if as many people really listened to Joy Division as listed on their Facebook page, Joy Division would be bigger than U2," he said. "I've seen that with people I know in real life, and I check them out online, it’s not always the same person."
But he also admitted that he's somewhat old-school--when you meet someone, you actually meet them and not through a virtual representation.
"Whether you spoke to them on person or talked on the phone, when you interact with them it would be a real person and not some avatar of themselves," he said.
Overall he believes the Facebook idea is a good one, just not executed properly, claiming that--as a tool--the processing is terrible and the layout looks foolish. He also added that people will flock to another social network if it offered the same Facebook services but only better, noting how quickly MySpace and Friendster "crashed."
But his biggest Facebook jab was at Zuckerberg himself. "When I see the media heralding Zuckerburg, putting him up on a pedestal of genius and mentioned in the same breath as Steve Jobs, I highly disagree with that," he said. "He was in the right place, at the right time, with a functional tool."