The internet has become an increasingly hostile place for sensitive leftists lately after an image comparing them to mindless computer-controlled drones flooded the web.
The “NPC” — or non-playable character — has poked fun at rank-and-file liberals for their tendency to echo seemingly the exact same responses to various things. Memes have targeted everyone from late night comedians, to progressive talk show hosts, and to average social media users who get their kicks by virtue signaling their progressive credentials on a day-by-day basis.
The term comes from video gaming culture. Non-playable characters are characters which are not controlled by human users, some of which aid players in tasks, others of which oppose them to make games more challenging. Examples include the ghosts in Pacman, the aliens in Galaga, and the toads in Super Mario.
Content depicting the NPC typically comes in the form of a crude digital drawing of a blank face. Often, it is shown interacting with another faces over captions that rehash popular slogans among left-wing communities (“#BelieveAllWomen”, “#RefugeesWelcome”, and “#NotMyPresident” are just a few examples).
Because NPCs are controlled by their computer coding, they can only do things someone else has programmed them to do. Considering how repetitive the verbal vomit in liberal internet circles like Twitter are, the comparison isn’t hard to understand.
Think about it: how often have you seen the phrases “believe all survivors” used in the exact same context? How many times have you heard late night comedians reference the size of President Donald Trump’s hands — or speak about his rather “orange” complexion? It’s almost as if there is a singular entity telling all of these people what to say.
Predictably, left-wing internet users haven’t taken the joke very well. Now, memes have a way of dying as quickly as they go viral. Thanks to the liberal response, however, content creators on conservative forums like 4chan’s /pol/ and Reddit’s /r/The_Donald have managed to keep it alive far longer than anyone could have expected. Weirdly, this mass triggering has lent some credibility to the meme’s original criticism.
It’s also worth pointing out that many leftist social media accounts have been using the term “Russian bot” to describe anyone right-of-center for a good while now.
So, if you’re seeing this dull gray face in your social media feed, this is why.
This is more than just a joke by edgy right-wing millennials. Studies have shown that memes have been an incredibly effective means of political communication — especially in the age of Donald Trump. Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, Trump supporters commonly spread their messages using the character Pepe the Frog, a meme that was initially apolitical in nature.
InfoWars’ Paul Joseph Watson has more on this internet sensation in the video below.
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