Remembering 2010 as the Year the Antihero Took Our Culture Hostage
Pop-Ed:
It's hard to imagine Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg ever thought he'd be TIME's 'Person of the Year' when he was blogging about girls' bra sizes from his Harvard dorm room. Flash forward six years, and there he is -- on the cover with his disarmingly blank stare. On the cover of TIME is a photo of a man who in six years launched an empire and fundamentally changed the way people around the globe communicate, and yet, as we've come to learn from David Fincher's 'The Social Network,' Zuckerberg is no saint.

Fabricated or not, the Academy Award Best Picture front-runner tells the public story of our 'Person of the Year' as a determined, anti-social kid willing to stomp on his friends' throats to get what he wants. For better or for worse, movies forever impact the way we judge history, and in 30 years people will remember Jesse Eisenberg backstabbing Andrew Garfield better than they'll recall Zuckerberg's own television appearances. In movies, antiheroes do the reverse of the archetypal hero: they're at war with themselves rather than with the world surrounding them. Despite his generous contributions to charity, Zuckerberg will forever be seen as the poster boy of a time otherwise known as the year antiheroes dominated culture.