It's odd. Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO at much-maligned and strongly hated Facebook ( FB) can teach veteran executives how to deal with crisis and adjust on the fly.

As I detailed earlier this week, Hewlett Packard ( HPQ) CEO Meg Whitman can learn from Zuckerberg. And so can Hastings. If Zuckerberg can stray from Facebook's social mission even a bit, why can't Hastings do something similar?

Netflix's survival depends on it.

At the time of publication, the author was long FB.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.
Rocco Pendola is a private investor with nearly 20 years experience in various forms of media, ranging from radio to print. His work has appeared in academic journals as well as dozens of online and offline publications. He uses his broad experience to help inform his coverage of the stock market, primarily in the technology, Internet and new media spaces. He has taken a long-term approach to investing, focusing on dividend-paying stocks, since he opened his first account as a teenager. Pendola, 37, is based in Santa Monica, Calif., where he lives with his wife and child.

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