Here's an amazing recruiting video we stumbled across on Facebook's corporate site. Welcome to the beating heart of Silicon Valley's social networking bubble, where PHP coding is equated to death-defying mountain climbs and spacewalks.
The video (edited to the clip above) comes from the "Life at Facebook" section of the social network's recruiting site, which boasts that "we've got it good" and promises that, after a few brave hacking marathons you can have it good, too. The self-aggrandizing melodramatics kind of remind us of Scientology propaganda, with its grandiose talk of "crusades" and world domination. The unintentional self parody is similar, too: someone might want to tell these Facebook guys that Apollo 13, to which they proudly compare a video-sharing project, wasn't a "moon landing" but a near-lethal space disaster.