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

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I will give the Trumpers some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their MAGA hats in particular and now this meme. As soon as I see any "NPC" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my wasted debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
 
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I will give the Trumpers some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their MAGA hats in particular and now this meme. As soon as I see any "NPC" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
Is that why people beat other people up because they are wearing a MAGA hat? These people are getting taken very seriously way more than it is healthy. As for the NPC meme you can use this on any ideology not only the left or the right. People today have forgotten how to think for themselves. They mostly automatically shit out some catch phrases, and they do not even think about it anymore. Following an ideology these days is following a cult
 
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Is that why people beat other people up because they are wearing a MAGA hat? These people are getting taken very seriously way more than it is healthy. As for the NPC meme you can use this on any ideology not only the left or the right. People today have forgotten how to think for themselves. They mostly automatically shit out some catch phrases, and they do not even think about it anymore. Following an ideology these days is following a cult

I'm not gonna debate the hat because there is no point, but if someone needs to resort to a meme (a very ironic one at that) in order to make a point or have a comeback then its clear they have nothing worth saying. A gif or sarcastic remark every now and then is fine and can be funny, but how can they expect anyone to take them seriously when they start talking as if they are talking to a computer anytime someone comes forward with an opposing opinion?


Its frankly hilarious how far some people are taking this meme. I see it everywhere from right wing shills on social media now. They think they are being clever and making people mad, but all they are doing is shining a spotlight on their ineptitude and embarrassing themselves. They think people aren't responding because they are "mad" or because they "won", but in reality folks don't wanna argue with people behaving like children.
 
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I'm not gonna debate the hat because there is no point, but if someone needs to resort to a meme (a very ironic one at that) in order to make a point or have a comeback then its clear they have nothing worth saying. A gif or sarcastic remark every now and then is fine and can be funny, but how can they expect anyone to take them seriously when they start talking as if they are talking to a computer anytime someone comes forward with an opposing opinion?


Its frankly hilarious how far some people are taking this meme. I see it everywhere from right wing shills on social media now. They think they are being clever and making people mad, but all they are doing is shining a spotlight on their ineptitude and embarrassing themselves
This meme again is being used for every mass movement Also Trump Supporters. In Fact I think it is pretty clever and it shows what debates have become, how we lost any ability of thinking for ourselves etc. It is inventive and can be used by everyone.



And you still do not seem to understand the internet... They do it more and more because it triggers people. When the new York Times writes an article about it they will embrace this shit even more. Just like the with Pepe. The more you are triggered by it the bigger memes become So No You are wrong. These memes are effective.
 
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I'm not gonna debate the hat because there is no point, but if someone needs to resort to a meme (a very ironic one at that) in order to make a point or have a comeback then its clear they have nothing worth saying. A gif or sarcastic remark every now and then is fine and can be funny, but how can they expect anyone to take them seriously when they start talking as if they are talking to a computer anytime someone comes forward with an opposing opinion?


Its frankly hilarious how far some people are taking this meme. I see it everywhere from right wing shills on social media now. They think they are being clever and making people mad, but all they are doing is shining a spotlight on their ineptitude and embarrassing themselves. They think people aren't responding because they are "mad" or because they "won", but in reality folks don't wanna argue with people behaving like children.
The amount of tears flowing in this post..😂

"Good news everyone. This meme, which totally doesn't bother me and isn't funny in any way, is dictating who I talk to. I will not bother with the Riff Raff, the lower class as they babble around with their so called "jokes" and their non cbs scripted, corporate backed "humour".

I am a serious person, having serious conversations, on reddit.,"
 
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I will give the Trumpers some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their MAGA hats in particular and now this meme. As soon as I see any "NPC" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my wasted debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
Its not that serious dude imagine what would happen if every trumper spergs out with ever mention of cheetohitler and other crap, its just fun on both sides.
 
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They do it more and more because it triggers people.
And that to me makes anything they have to say before or after it worthless. If all someone cares about is "triggering" someone they are clearly not interested in having a genuine discussion. So yes it is effective, but only in showing who is and isn't worth taking seriously.

The amount of tears flowing in this post..😂

"Good news everyone. This meme, which totally doesn't bother me and isn't funny in any way, is dictating who I talk to. I will not bother with the Riff Raff, the lower class as they babble around with their so called "jokes" and their non cbs scripted, corporate backed "humour".

I am a serious person, having serious conversations, on reddit.,"
Thanks for proving my point lol
 
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And that to me makes anything they have to say before or after it worthless. If all someone cares about is "triggering" someone they are clearly not interested in having a genuine discussion. So yes it is effective, but only in showing who is and isn't worth taking seriously.



Thanks for proving my point lol
The other side shouts you down by calling you sexist, racist transphob etc. and doing exactly what these NPC meme does. Spewing out weak phrases they learned from some social studies group which is not even true..
Neither side really wants to have an discussion. The discussion haben on the few people who have not married into some ideology bullshit. But honestly I think the "right" 4chan side has more fun doing so,
 
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And that to me makes anything they have to say before or after it worthless. If all someone cares about is "triggering" someone they are clearly not interested in having a genuine discussion. So yes it is effective, but only in showing who is and isn't worth taking seriously.



Thanks for proving my point lol
No one is going to have a genuine discussion about a joke, you fool. Stop your crying

The NPC meme hasn't prevented you from making silly arguments all over the place
 
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The other side shouts you down by calling you sexist, racist transphob etc. and doing exactly what these NPC meme does. Spewing out weak phrases they learned from some social studies group which is not even true..
Neither side really wants to have an discussion. The discussion haben on the few people who have not married into some ideology bullshit. But honestly I think the "right" 4chan side has more fun doing so,
On that we can agree. People who are easily entertained tend to have more fun in the long run so that makes sense.

No one is going to have a genuine discussion about a joke, you fool. Stop your crying
You missed the point entirely. The point isn't that the meme itself or the insult related to it should be taken seriously. Its that anyone using it in a debate or a discussion shouldn't be taken seriously.
 
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You missed the point entirely. The point isn't that the meme itself or the insult related to it should be taken seriously. Its that anyone using it in a debate or a discussion shouldn't be taken seriously.
That's the meta though I think. The dismissal of it or the refusal to acknowledge it as ?valid/effective? I guess, is in contrast to how the people see the NPC arguments or soundbites. They also see them as invalid or ineffective. Theres quite a few reasons and levels it works on and that's why its gained popular traction. But as the guy above points out it's not just directed at the people who are PO about it. It's reach goes beyond that. Even to populist votes like Brexit in the UK. It's just because those types of people have gotten used to seeing everything as an attack. They've just adopted this as a direct attack on them. The problem is that it's very accurate. Not just for them, but it does apply to them ....who happen to be the most vocal and irrational people on the internet.
 
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You missed the point entirely. The point isn't that the meme itself or the insult related to it should be taken seriously. Its that anyone using it in a debate or a discussion shouldn't be taken seriously.
That's the point, sunshine. You were never going to take anyone's opinion opposite your own seriously. You exclusively argue in bad faith. You would regurgitate the same crap, you always do and then insult anyone you disagree with. Hence the NPC joke. You're predictable as hell, like a computer program with automated responses.

"Trumpers( a term you've used multiple times in this thread), Russian bots, nazi's, etc etc. You literally proved the meme right, and then whine about it. It's incredible
 
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I will give the Trumpers some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their MAGA hats in particular and now this meme. As soon as I see any "NPC" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my wasted debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
I will give the NPCs some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their pussy hats in particular and now this outrage over a meme. As soon as I see any "marginalization" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my wasted debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
 
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The NPC meme is pretty spergy so we’re already there.
It’s just like the frog thing. Take something that wasn’t particularly funny in the first place and run it into the ground. The right just can’t do humor.
It’s just another forced thing from the people who thought saying “the cake is a lie” all the time was hilarious.
For a player-character, you sure are repeating the same empty platitudes using different words over and over again.
 
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I like how you just deleted the "I don't think you know what a platitude is." part of your post.

That supercilious "I don't think you know what [thing] means" schtick can backfire pretty heavily.

And, yes, I know what supercilious means.
 
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I like how you just deleted the "I don't think you know what a platitude is." part of your post.

That supercilious "I don't think you know what [thing] means" schtick can backfire pretty heavily.

And, yes, I know what supercilious means.
No need to debate irrelevant semantics when you have nothing of substance to add. I’ll leave that to you.
 

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All that money and he fucked one of the ugliest pornstars. Like come on Donald.
Dude has a fetish. I have a thing for Asians and dark hair, he likes big titty blond stripper types.
 
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No need to debate irrelevant semantics when you have nothing of substance to add. I’ll leave that to you.
Being proven wrong and still denying it right below the presented proof isn't semantics, it's denial.
And it's cute you refer to substance given your reluctance to provide it when asked multiple times.

Whatever courses in self-defeat you've subscribed to, I'd say you're getting excellent value for your money.
 
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Being proven wrong and still denying it right below the presented proof isn't semantics, it's denial.
And it's cute you refer to substance given your reluctance to provide it when asked multiple times.

Whatever courses in self-defeat you've subscribed to, I'd say you're getting excellent value for your money.
Putting words in italics doesn’t make your posts true or intellectual, Bobby.
 
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I will give the Trumpers some credit though. They have an amazing tendency to make sure people know when to not take them seriously. Their MAGA hats in particular and now this meme. As soon as I see any "NPC" comments or any of the comments that are related I know they aren't actually being serious or trying to have an honest discussion so I know not to take anything they have to say seriously or bother responding. They are just trolling and want a reaction. Its saves me alot of time actually. It cut my wasted debate and discussion time on Reddit and Twitter down drastically.
Let me translate:

"Reeee, I'm so mad that people make fun of the inane sh*t I say. Let me not react by reacting in the most salty way possible while desperately trying to explain how dumb people are compared to me for using that meme."

Fight humor with humor instead of moping in your tiny little corner crying about how cruel this meme is to you. Yeah no sh*t Sherlock, that's what you get for blindly calling everybody under the sun an -ist or -phobe, a russian bot, a GGer and a Nazi. I'm not big into meme culture myself, but your incredible inability to understand why this meme exists is the reason why this meme exists in the first place.

Oh an btw: [NPC.gif]

There now you can do me the favor of not bothering to respond. Would save us both a lot of time. In fact, maybe everybody on here should end his comments with "NPC", would save everybody on here a lot of time.
 

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Putting words in italics doesn’t make your posts true or intellectual, Bobby.
Man you are hostile. Of all the things to get your panties in a wad about... Take a joke gracefully and move on. Laugh at yourself. Your reaction literally makes the meme work.

 
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Fight humor with humor instead of moping in your tiny little corner crying about how cruel this meme is to you. Yeah no sh*t Sherlock, that's what you get for blindly calling everybody under the sun an -ist or -phobe, a russian bot, a GGer and a Nazi. I'm not big into meme culture myself, but your incredible inability to understand why this meme exists is the reason why this meme exists in the first place.
Very well said.
 
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Apologies for the length of this repost, but it's a great read: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/1051974006406971392.html

I’m honestly pretty fatigued of the NPC meme, but twitter isn’t, and people getting banned out here, and the lefties are triggered; that's what happens when you think parroting late night talk show talking points makes you intellectually rebellious. truth is pain

The npc meme isn’t about free will and it isn’t about inner monologues and it isn’t about seeing yourself as the hero of your own personal Campbellian journey.
It’s about the homogenization of inner life in the era of mass media

There’s a sort of implicit claim that is fundamental to humanistic thought, which is fundamental to this era of western thought, it’s the idea that Gaussian variance aside, everyone has petty much the same experiential topology. Let’s call it human neurological uniformity (HNU)

Ignoring such people as autists for the moment, and given HNU, which most people believe perhaps without ever having thought about it, what do we expect to happen when everyone watches the same small pool of tv shows and news broadcasts?

Suppose you have agency, inner life, &c. And you decide, using the marvelous brightness in your soul, to watch 60 hours of game of thrones. Because you are normal, you now have thoughts about John snow and Daenerys, thoughts which you share with millions of others

And there is nothing wrong with enjoying a TV show, but when millions of people watch the same TV show, and the same news commentators, and read the same articles, they think all the same thoughts, literally the same thoughts, with the same words, the same words we all heard

We all have looping behaviors because life is on average repetitive. People are predictable despite individual variation in the same way that thermodynamic systems are predictable without modeling every individual particle.

Industrialization is a process of mass repetition and homogenization. Industrial man is highly repetitive and homogenized, and the mechanism that repeats and homogenizes is broadcast media. Before that it was books and pamphlets and newspapers

The nature of our inner life in broadcast media vs. written media is different. The idea of the NPC refers to a kind of total conformity of being that is brought about by broadcast media.

Tocqueville described the NPC meme in 1895 "What is still more strange is that all these men, who kept themselves so apart from each other, had become so much alike that it would have been impossible to distinguish them if their places had been changed."

He was talking about the effects of reading books mass-produced by the printing press. Cobbett in 1795: Every farmer is more or less of a reader. There is [...] no class like that which the French call peasantry...They have all been readers from their youth up

Ironically avid readers are probably less NPC-ish than "illiterate" TV-primary people. In a highly literate society, visual and behavioural conformity frees the individual for inner deviation. Not so in an oral society where inner verbalization is effective social action

You can log in to netflix and see a hundred different shows, but they're all very similar in their underlying themes and worldviews. Even the older stuff is carefully curated to mesh with contemporary sensibilities, mostly. The same characters in different shows, the same dramas

The effect of watching so much TV is you form a series of unilateral friendships. It feels like you personally know all the people you are watching, and you move into social alignment with them, just like you would with a group of in-person friends

This fits the Kaczynskian take that leftists are "oversocialized". h/t @BeigeShiba "A person could be so thoroughly conditioned with society's avalues as to compromise their own agency to make choices as independent individuals. (1/4)

We find ourselves in a pervasive system of cradle to grave social conditioning, starting with childhood to early adulthood and then continually reinforced through authority figures in media, entertainment, and politics. (2/4)

The cumulative effect of all this can result in tragic individuals who can think and feel just as any of us can, yet are compelled to to comply with their social conditioning in order to avoid unbearable psychological suffering. (3/4)

This is very different to a community or subculture with its own distinct aphorisms and in-jokes. The oversocialized never choe to be the way they are, it was imposed upon them."
(4/4)

TV, movies, and pundits (newscasts, podcasts, bluechecks) are the medium of oversocialization. If you dig back into early memories of childhood cartoons and sitcoms you can almost remember the way it happened. It's not indoctrination exactly, since that implies a baseline.

We are all oversocialized and the act of waking up is the act of bearing and confronting the pain of pushing back against our social programming. You only do this if you have a powerful incentive to do so, i.e., you are already in a circumstance of tremendous psychological pain

The common pathway to right-wing shitlordery is through the PUA/Redpill/manosphere pipeline. Gamers are rendered sterile by their oversocialization and the soul-crushing pain of TFW no GF causes them to confront their social programming in all arenas of the mind

In the evolving meaning of the NPC meme, we are realizing that it is most effective as a way to instantaneously convey that a person is in the grip of Kaczynskian oversocialization. Even naming the evil spirit is enough to cause tremendous psychic distress, as we have seen.

If social programming privileges one group over another, it is safe to say that the disprivileged group will tend to be the one that is in the most pain, and therefore the most likely to break free of their programming. This should raise some uncomfortable questions for everyone