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NPC Meme

Post by corplinx » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:21 pm

The Trumpists on the internets have a new meme. They basically label dupes of the state "NPCS". Basically people buying into the current out-of-some-power Big Brother's narratives.

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It started as a "don't argue with X, they're an NPC" about SJWs who can deliver nothing but broken canned responses to defend their beliefs, but quickly spread to the political sphere to describe the low intellect botlike responses of radical democrats. (let's stop calling them radical leftists)

The response is predictably NPC. "This is alt right." "This is facist." "Broken Record Skips" (the kids do this as broken bits of code instead, but I'm old).

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The NPC meme is largely self-fulfilling and lures NPCs into responding as NPCs.

Know your meme!

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:30 pm

Non-player character?
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by corplinx » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:35 pm

Yep. Talking to them is like interacting with an NPC in a video game. Canned responses. Limited ability to interact.

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by ed » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:37 pm

Brilliant!!! That is the metaphor I have been looking for.

Unfortunately it is going to destroy my favorite games
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:28 pm

The problem with this meme is it stereotypes your side as a bunch of gamer geeks. Guilt by association with Gamergate, etc.

Better tread lightly and just call them Commies or libtards or bourgeois adventurists or something. :p
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Skeeve » Thu Oct 11, 2018 8:38 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:28 pm
The problem with this meme is it stereotypes your side as a bunch of gamer geeks. Guilt by association with Gamergate, etc.

Better tread lightly and just call them Commies or libtards or bourgeois adventurists or something. :p
What is wrong with Marxist... or even Trotskyite or just plain old Feminist?
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 9:50 pm

Skeeve wrote:
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What is wrong with Marxist... or even Trotskyite or just plain old Feminist?
None of those are quite precise enough. :P
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:23 pm

OK corplinx.

I see now it's the latest hot shit over by 4chan.

I should have known. :lmao:
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Oct 15, 2018 3:29 pm

Follow up:

The Meme the Gaming Community Created to Label SJW’s Is Pretty Brilliant
Red State (right wing blog)

They credit "the gaming community" so my previous observation about Gamergate is about right.

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:00 pm

Twitter bans NPC memes.

https://www.defendevropa.com/2018/news/npc-meme/

Lots of examples at link.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by corplinx » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:29 pm

Twitter incites further action by responding. Ignore the trolls. Internet 101. sigh

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:30 pm

Sargon's on it.



tl;dnw version: No one really noticed it outside 4chan until Kotaku did a denunciatory article about it.

Update: Even Free Republic is on on it now.

http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/3696771/posts

Maybe the president will tweet about it soon.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by shuize » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:12 pm

Abdul Alhazred wrote:
Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:00 pm
Twitter bans NPC memes.

https://www.defendevropa.com/2018/news/npc-meme/

Lots of examples at link.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Wed Oct 17, 2018 5:07 pm

What Is NPC, the Pro-Trump Internet’s New Favorite Insult?
The New York Times

The article itself adds nothing you didn't know already, but it's illustrated by several instances I hadn't seen before.

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 18, 2018 1:42 pm

Update: It's now international news.

Why has Twitter banned 1500 accounts and what are NPCs? (BBC)

I know the Beeb is left of center, but this story is free of hysteria and really explains the phenomenon.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by gnome » Thu Oct 18, 2018 4:40 pm

corplinx wrote:
Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:35 pm
Yep. Talking to them is like interacting with an NPC in a video game. Canned responses. Limited ability to interact.
Is this characterized by any particular ideology?

Most people absorb and repeat mostly talking points they find comfortable, and would not be able to go into convincing detail when put on the spot.

Even the best of us do it sometimes. It just looks like a straw man when used to make a political point.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Giz » Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:50 pm

Yeah, but one side happily calls out the other for being hate filled racist facsist deplorables. But God forbid the others call them NPCs.

(I await being proved wrong by twitter banning all accounts that have implied support for Trump means that you are a racist, sexist or authoritarian.)

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Re: NPC Meme

Post by gnome » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:09 pm

Feel free to call out hypocrisy. I'm just pointing out that the meme itself is weak.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Abdul Alhazred » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:22 pm

gnome wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:09 pm
Feel free to call out hypocrisy. I'm just pointing out that the meme itself is weak.
I will agree that is it not really funny at all. Not to me anyway. I'd even be inclined to pronounce it super-lame-o except for one thing.

I posit that the effectiveness of a meme need not correlate with LULz, but only with the degree to which it trolls the target. Hard. Very hard. Pants shitting hard.

To those who consider triggering LIBBERULz to be LULz per se to be amusing, it is a distinction without a difference.
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Re: NPC Meme

Post by Doctor X » Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:51 pm

gnome wrote:
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:09 pm
Feel free to call out hypocrisy. I'm just pointing out that the meme itself is weak.
"Meme" is a weak "buzzword" created by a narcissist who never learned what a "symbol" means.

By definition, "memes" are weak.

Symbols are strong.

Only deal in symbols.

Or signs.

Signs and Symbols.

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