Cultural impact of Star Wars


Lauren Vernon

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Billie Firmin, Editor

Over 40 years have passed since the release of the first Star Wars film, but the social and cultural impact of the franchise has stood the test of time.

Along with countless Star Wars based toys, video games, and other merchandise, the series has even spawned an entire religion.
Jediism has thousands of members: it is the seventh-largest religion in England, according to the New York Post, and has large followings in other countries including Australia and the Czech Republic. The church promotes the idea that “there is one all powerful force that binds the entire universe together” and that “the Jedi church recognizes that all living things share a living force and that all people have an innate knowledge of what is right and wrong”.

Star Wars also impacted the movie industry. It revitalized the science fiction genre and led to the creation of new film technology such as the Dykstraflex, a motion-controlled camera that allowed innovative camera work to be done on the set of the Star Wars films. Sound design was also created because of Star Wars. Ben Burtt, the principle sound designer, merged both natural and electronic noise to achieve the desired sound effects for the film.

Star Wars changed the world from the moment it was released in 1977. Hardly a person alive today has never heard the saying “May the force be with you” or does not recognize the iconic sound of Chewbacca’s growls. No matter how old the franchise may become, Star Wars will forever impact the world we live in.

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