October 2, 2018
You saw Star Wars 8 and thought “this is the worst piece of shit I’ve ever seen, and a vicious attack on my childhood.”
You thought: “they have destroyed the characters and the entire universe.”
You asked: “how could the Death Star – or any other ship in the galaxy – have ever been a threat to anything if any ship with warp drive can just Allah Akbar into any other ship in the galaxy?”
But why did you think that?
Because it wasn’t true. In fact, it was a tour de force, possibly the best film of all time.
The reason you thought it was a piece of shit is that your thoughts were hijacked by Russian trolls.
You need to rethink your entire reality.
It is all a Russian hoax.
Did Star Wars: The Last Jedi destroy the franchise and permanently rupture the fandom as its critics (melodramatically) have accused it of doing? According to a new academic paper by researcher Morten Bay, the answer is clearly no.
The paper, titled Weaponizing The Haters: The Last Jedi and the strategic politicization of pop culture through social media manipulation, examines the online response to 2017’s Last Jedi, a movie that has come to be considered controversial amongst the larger fanbase of the franchise.
Bay suggests that reputation may not be earned, and instead “finds evidence of deliberate, organized political influence measures disguised as fan arguments,” as he writes in the paper’s abstract. He continues, “The likely objective of these measures is increasing media coverage of the fandom conflict, thereby adding to and further propagating a narrative of widespread discord and dysfunction in American society. Persuading voters of this narrative remains a strategic goal for the U.S. alt-right movement, as well as the Russian Federation.”
The paper analyzes in depth the negative online reaction, which is split into three different camps: those with a political agenda, trolls and what Bay calls “real fantagonists,” which he defines as genuine Star Wars fans disappointed in the movie. His findings are fascinating; “Overall, 50.9% of those tweeting negatively [about the movie] was likely politically motivated or not even human,” he writes, noting that only 21.9% of tweets analyzed about the movie had been negative in the first place.
“A number of these users appear to be Russian trolls,” Bay writes of the negative tweets.
In response to a tweet announcing the release of the paper, Last Jedi director Rian Johnson shared the tweet, adding, “Looking forward to reading it, but what the top-line describes is consistent with my experience online.”
Your opinions are not real. Your thoughts are not real. It is all the doing of Russian trolls, who hacked the mainframe of your brain.
We have the fingerprints.
We backtraced it.
More incredibly is that before the film even came out, its star, Mark Hamill, was attacking it as horrible and a betrayal of the original films.
This indicates that beyond simply social media manipulation, Russian trolls are literally able to hack the brains of Hollywood actors.
Just let that sink in.
And realize that this is the very reason we need to support ISIS in Syria and satanic neo-Nazi terrorists in the Ukraine.
We need Robert Mueller on the case.
The collusion thing fizzled out, the obstruction thing fizzled out, the whole thing with the porno star fizzled out – but what are the chances that Donald Trump didn’t work with Vladimir Putin to get people to not like Star Wars 8?
Or perhaps I should say: what are the chances he did not do that?
Some loser in the comments section who calls himself “gusphase” and apparently has no fucking life whatsoever read the actual study.
Here’s his summary.
Well, you fuckers owe me. I actually read the shitty study. It reads more like a shitty MSNBC article than an actual academic study. The author was in the process of getting his PhD while completing this study as well.
The gist is this:
Of 927 unique account comments tweeted @RianJohnson,
206 were negative about the new movie.
Of the negative tweeters, 11 were identified as bots.
33 were identified as “trolls.”
And 64 (?) were identified as “politically motivated.”
I’m not sure why political motivation necessarily makes a criticism of the movie incorrect. Basically, the author believes that if you don’t like feminism, then your opinion is irrelevant. But the real issue here is the process for determining that somebody is a “russian” troll/bot.
Basically, if an account is largely inactive and then suddenly tweets about the movie, it is considered a bot or sockpuppet account, and it is considered “russian” if
the account tweets during certain hours or also tweets in favor of Trump or right wing politics while lacking a profile picture. 16 of the “troll” accounts were identified as “russian” in this way.
So out of 206 negative tweets from unique accounts, 27 were from “russian” trolls and/or bots, possibly. An additional 17 accounts were non russian trolls, possibly.
Personally, I really take issue with there standards for determining whether or not somebody is a troll or a bot. It’s not that unlikely that somebody may not post much on twitter, but then suddenly become active in response to a movie that they didn’t like. Or maybe they had recently deleted their twitter history. Or they were using a different account that twitter deleted for calling somebody a faggot.
On Rotten Tomatoes, The last Jedi has an audience score of 45%. Are Russian trolls manipulating that too? IMDB also shows that this film is ranked similarly to the prequels.
Even if this “study” is taken as gospel, that means that Russian bots or trolls represent only 13% of negative tweets @RianJohnson.