4Chan recently came out with a new meme called the NPC Meme and it has blown up. We all know how leftists call everyone who isn’t one of them a fascist, racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, anti-semitic, islamophobic, alt-right, nazi. This is much like the #FakeNews media operates with its narrative journalism. It is an immediate jump to defamation using prejudicial speech. 4Chan people noticed this and started using the term NPC for leftists, the same way leftists and the #FakeNews media accused everyone with a conservative view of being a Russian Bot. Then the pictures started. They look basically like this.
Not only is this a reference to the Russian Bot thing, this also references a widely noticed aspect of Marxist thought dating all the way back to Karl Marx himself.
Marx believed individuality was antithetical to the egalitarianism he envisioned. Therefore, the “individual” must “be swept out of the way, and made impossible.”
Individuality was a social construction of a capitalist society and was deeply intertwined with capital itself.
“In bourgeois society capital is independent and has individuality, while the living person is dependent and has no individuality,” he wrote. “And the abolition of this state of things is called by the bourgeois, abolition of individuality and freedom! And rightly so. The abolition of bourgeois individuality, bourgeois independence, and bourgeois freedom is undoubtedly aimed at.” [link FEE.ORG]
NPC is an acronym for Non-Player Character, a term of art from table-top role-playing games like Dungeons & Dragons and Call of Cthulhu. While a Player Character is the representation of the player of the game, Non-Player Characters are the other figures in the world. They are controlled by the Game-Master or Dungeon-Master, and when well portrayed lend an artistic quality akin to improvisational acting to the activity. Roleplaying videogames have kept the terminology and the utility of NPCs, but they are rigidly scripted and their actions automatic. Give them a certain input and they will always react with the programmed response.
NPCs look like people but they are automated like robots, or Bots.
Know Your Meme describes the origin of the phenomenon thus
NPC Wojak is a depiction of the MS Paint character Wojak with a blank stare and facial expression, named after non-player characters within video games. The character is meant to represent people who do not think for themselves or are incapable of having an internal monologue, bearing many similarities to the terms “basic” and “normie”.
On July 7th, 2016, an anonymous 4chan user submitted a thread titled “Are You an NPC?” to the /v/ (video games) board, which referred to people who “autonomously follow group thinks and social trends” as “NPCs” (shown below).
Here’s an example of a typical, pointed joke about the hypocrisy of those who are being called NPCs.
In short order, a large number of Twitter accounts adopted variants of the NPC face as their avatar and repeated typically vapid leftist cant. Twitter overreacted to leftist crybullying and banned more than a thousand accounts.
The New York Times sputtered at the horrible conservatives who dare to poke fun at its mindless audience.
Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.
Over the weekend, Twitter responded by suspending about 1,500 accounts associated with the NPC trolling campaign.
The NYT fully bought into Twitter’s excuse for deleting the accounts. The real reason they deleted the accounts was that SJW Twitter mobs were screaming for NPC accounts to be banned.
The Babylon Bee chimed in with its usual hilarity.
U.S.—After a rapidly spreading meme compared liberals to mindless, computer-controlled characters from RPGs and video games, liberals across the country all argued against the meme at the same time, chanting, “We are not mindless NPCs” in perfect unison.
Having apparently received a memo from top mainstream media outlets, all liberals around the country dutifully stood up, walked outside, tilted their heads toward the sky, and shouted the slogan for a full minute. “We are not mindless NPCs, we are not mindless NPCs, we are not mindless NPCS” could be heard echoing through the streets of every major metropolitan area in the nation.
Finally, their duty to defend themselves as being freethinkers having been completed, all progressives wandered back inside and awaited instruction from CNN, the Huffington Post, and clips of Saturday Night Live and Last Week Tonight.
But we know the real reason they hate the NPC Meme.