By Steve Dellar  |  10-19-2018   News
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After the action taken by 4chan and Reddit users to start a meme campaign to troll liberals as “nonplayable characters” or NPC’s this week hit the New York Times, the movement truly exploded, prompting Twitter to suspend some 1,500 accounts for engaging in “coordinated platform manipulation.”

At the origin of the trolling campaign sits a gray avatar known as NPC Wojak. The term is a simple variation of a Microsoft Paint character and features an expressionless, catatonic face with tiny eyes and a pointed nose. It is used to aggrandize liberals or SJWs who simply ‘follow the masses.’

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;This is extremely dangerous to our democracy&quot;<br><br>The NPC meme is the gift that keeps on giving<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mantra?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mantra</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MAGA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MAGA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NPC?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NPC</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NPCmeme?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NPCmeme</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/meme?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#meme</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WWG1WGA?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WWG1WGA</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/QANON?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#QANON</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MSM?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MSM</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Left?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Left</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leftwing?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Leftwing</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Leftwingmob?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Leftwingmob</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Mob?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Mob</a> <a href="https://t.co/iZQQX545mu">pic.twitter.com/iZQQX545mu</a></p>&mdash; Pegger420 (@Pegger420) <a href="https://twitter.com/Pegger420/status/1053119079584858112?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 19, 2018</a></blockquote>

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The origin of the thread can be traced back to July 2016 when an anonymous 4chan user started a messaging forum which he entitled “Are You an NPC?”

"If you get in a discussion with them it's always the same buzzwords and hackneyed arguments," he wrote, "It's like in a video game when you accidentally talk to somebody twice and they give you the exact lines word for word once more."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/resist?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#resist</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/TheResistance?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#TheResistance</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/fucktrump?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fucktrump</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/orangemanbad?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#orangemanbad</a> <a href="https://t.co/uAq4XtBV0x">pic.twitter.com/uAq4XtBV0x</a></p>&mdash; NPC #62590021 (@BigThink19) <a href="https://twitter.com/BigThink19/status/1052791510264045568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">October 18, 2018</a></blockquote>

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According to KnowYourMeme.com, NPCs are people who “autonomously follow group thinks and social trends.”

By now, the movement has become so large on websites like Reddit and 4chan that Twitter trolls have started engaging as well.

Related coverage: <a href="http://thegoldwater.com/news/39432-Dangerous-Dehumanization-And-The-NPC-Meme"> Dangerous Dehumanization and the NPC meme</a>.

Last week dozens of bogus Twitter accounts were created specifically targeting Democratic voters, urging them to vote on November 7 for example (a day after polls close).

A spokesperson for Twitter informed the New York Post that because of these actions, some 1,500 accounts had been suspended in the last 24 hours for “engaging in coordinated platform manipulation which is a violation of Twitter policies.”

“The number is correct but we’ve nothing further to share for now,” Twitter stated.

“We want to ensure we’re protecting the efficacy of our efforts.”

However other users disagree the NPC meme is an alt-right effort to troll liberals, with Twitter user Timcast saying: The NPC meme is not pro trump or anti-liberal. It’s just that many people on the "right" actively engage in making memes so that is who they wanted to insult. Now you have media thinking it was made to insult the left when it absolutely was not.”

Source:

http://www.newser.com/story/266101/trump-backers-online-have-new-term-to-mock-liberals.html

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Steve Lee No. 39800 1539962463

When a media "personality" Has no real opinion (of their own) and just spout a canned response to any given situation. Ya they deserve to have their face removed. Those who research and have genuine knowledge, have a duty to police the net.

Anonymous No. 39802 1539962795

The MSM is extremely dangerous to our republic!!

Nathaniel P. Carlton No. 39807 1539968534

#Blue Wave

#Stop the patriarchy

#Resist

fuck cuckchan No. 39808 1539970932

I'm not sure whether to be happy or furious that 4chan always gets mentioned for shit they didn't come up with. On one had, they're taking the blame like a good scapegoat, on the other hand those faggots take all the credit for concepts too complex for them to even grasp.

Anonymous No. 39811 1539972284

HEY HEY

HO HO

JEWS CONTROL THE MEDIA

Anonymous No. 39815 1539977453

media personalities editors and the like should not have a 'personal' opinion in their reporting, that's another point of contention. if oy uare going to report something that is an opinion and not the fact then it should say it blatantly on the screen, opinion. frankly 'opinions' should not be part of news at all.

Anonymous No. 39821 1539979364

YEAH, WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE 5 W'S OF REAL JOURNALISM? JUST THE FACTS PLEASE, WE ARE PERFECTLY CAPABLE OF FORMING OUR OWN OPINIONS. CHECK YOURS AT THE DOOR!!! PUPPETS!!!

Hardeharharhar! No. 39823 1539983371

Hey all you zombified haters, the NPC shoe fits.

The dumb dims want all out attacks on conservatives & those that believe in Christ.

Fine let it be so, a grand yet very short war… The Playable, free thinking Characters vs. the non thinking, non playable characters.

Hey reprogram to be a PC & stop working to tear all that is good down for an impossible socialistic dream that always ends in a nightmare.

Anonymous No. 39828 1539989291

HILLARY IS THE WHORE OF BABYLON MENTIONED IN THE BIBLE. OBAMA IS THE ANTICHRIST. AND THE POPE IS THE FALSE PROPHET. END OF DAYS. HELLFIRE WAITS.

Anonymous No. 39829 1539989717

ANYONE GOT INFO ONWHO OR WHAT THE BEAST IS?

Anonymous No. 39856 1540028191

So Conservative Pro-Americans were suspended for doing the very thing Anti-USA LIBERALS did for years.

Yep! That was will timed.

Anonymous No. 39866 1540036394

Happy Halloween

LOVE IT No. 39926 1540092146

Anonymous No. 39808

10/20/2018 5:12:7

Happy Halloween

Four kids a Mom &amp; a Dad! No. 39927 1540092272

All our pumpkins will be gRAY and carved this way!

Let the LIGHT shine on!

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