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Much of the TLJ hatred was by Russian bots
« on: October 02, 2018, 03:11:57 pm »
https://www.theguardian.com/film/2018/oct/02/star-wars-the-last-jedi-rian-johnson-abuse-politically-motivated-russian-trolls?CMP=fb_gu

Yes, this does sound silly but they actually studied this. They've got data and stuff on this.

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Morten Bay, a research fellow at the University of Southern California (USC), analysed Twitter activity about the film and concluded that more than 50% of posts are by “bots, trolls/sockpuppets or political activists using the debate to propagate political messages supporting extreme rightwing causes and the discrimination of gender, race or sexuality. A number of these users appear to be Russian trolls.”

Sure, that still leaves some people who really were upset with the films but as usual, the stupidsphere of the Internet was easily pushed into repeating Russian propaganda (This time the purpose was likely just to make people in USA upset and divided even more than usual.) and harassing people.
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Re: Much of the TLJ hatred was by Russian bots
« Reply #1 on: October 02, 2018, 07:37:02 pm »
And why would Russians be interested in fanning the flames of hatred?  Why it's a very simple reason.

Ironbite-divide the US voter base.

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Re: Much of the TLJ hatred was by Russian bots
« Reply #2 on: October 02, 2018, 09:42:07 pm »
And why would Russians be interested in fanning the flames of hatred?  Why it's a very simple reason.

Ironbite-divide the US voter base.

I read somewhere that Putin has grandiose visions of a divided America, embattled in a four-way civil war. I fear more the reality of partisan-driven political stalemate, but okay.
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Re: Much of the TLJ hatred was by Russian bots
« Reply #3 on: October 02, 2018, 09:51:54 pm »
Huh, isn't that a thing? Even nerd rage is a tool of power nowadays. What a time to be alive.