Morten Bay of University of Southern California Center for the Digital Future has written a non-satire academic paper claiming that Russian internet trolls increased the Star Wars fan divide over the Last Jedi. This was not written for the Onion.
It is titled Weaponizing The Haters: The Last Jedi and the strategic politicization of pop culture through social media manipulation.
The claim 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.
Morten claims that overall, 50.9% of those tweeting negatively [about the movie] was likely politically motivated or not even human.
Search your feelings, do you think your opinion of Star Wars the Last Jedi were because of twitter and social media?
When reviewed Star Wars the Last Jedi, I knew that there were big plot holes, but let it slide in the initial review. Half of each of the prequels and the Ewoks from Return of the Jedi were crap too. The Last Jedi went over the line because they turned Luke Skywalker into a coward and Leia into Force Mary Poppins.
Director of Star Wars Rian Johnson endorses the USC research.
A bit of Morten’s research came out awhile ago and made some headlines – here’s his full paper. Looking forward to reading it, but what the top-line describes is consistent with my experience online. https://t.co/MTRgmPxGgZ
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) October 1, 2018
All negative movie or TV reviews are from Russian Bots
Clearly all negative sentiment for anything is the result of Russia amplifying the haters.
You thought Justice League was a bad movie? Russian bots.
Star Wars a Solo movie was boring? Russian bots
Batman v Superman a bad movie? Russian bots.
The Mummy a bad movie? Russian bots.
Have a problem with a female Dr. Who? Russian Bots