What’s In A Meme?

In prior generations these would just be called “Posters”. Now they are electronic and fly around the world in a day. I’ve already collected dozens that tickled my fancy just off of occasional visits to gab.

Gab.ai humor topic

Now I’d not realized that this was a thing:

NPC Non-Player Character

NPC Non-Player Character

But it is. It is a reference to automated bot like characters in games that issue a limited number of scripted responses. Basically saying “dumb as a bot”.

So on Gab under “politics” there was this entry that used that image as the gravitar:

https://gab.ai/topic/523efc8b-3745-46cf-a6cc-869322271578

NPC Harvey Bugman 🐛 @SCALE
an hour ago · in News

Trump disgraces his office. He’s locking up children in cages, letting global warming go unchecked, bullying our allies, cozening up to Russia, demeaning women and fueling racism

I love you, Hillary Clinton. I can’t wait for you to put these entitled white males in their place when you become the next President!

#RESIST #BlueWaveComing #NPCTuesday

Clearly /sarc;ing it up with the clue being the NPC name & meme. Well, clear once you know what they are and that it exists ;-)

Luckily, Brietbart has provided a guide:

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/10/16/what-is-the-npc-meme-liberals-rage-at-cartoons-mocking-their-scripted-thoughts/

What Is the ‘NPC’ Meme? Liberals Rage at Cartoons Mocking Their Scripted Thoughts

The new “NPC” meme mocks leftists by depicting them as unthinking and reflexive automatons. The meme has upset the left so much that Twitter is now banning people posting it for “dehumanizing speech,” but its humble origins are the computer-controlled characters of limited intelligence found in most video games.

The popular NPC meme trend frames its targets as non-player characters (NPCs) who reflexively spout neo-Marxist axioms in response to real-world events. Actual NPCs are computer-controlled characters in video games with limited scripted responses given the parameters of the games in which they appear. For example, NPCs may assign quests to the player in games like Skyrim, or join the player as a companion in Fallout.

Built on the long-running Wojak meme, the NPC meme mocks leftists as expressionless in appearance and bot-like in behavior. The universal standard appearance illustrates the left’s political homogeneity.

So seeing as Twitter is banning it, I’m thinking this needs as wide a play as possible… I could see printing out thousands of them on sticker stock and just plastering them anywhere there’s graffiti on the walls… or Leftists hang out.. but I repeat myself ;-)

The article has lots of examples. Here’s a few of them:

There’s more in the article… which continues:

Left-wing gaming blog Kotaku addressed the aforementioned memes with an article entitled, “How The ‘NPC’ Meme Tries To Dehumanize ‘SJWs’.” It described the memes’ sentiment as “anti-progressive” and “dehumanizing” while heralding leftists as opponents of “racial injustice.”
Kotaku’s Cecilia D’Anastasio characterized the NPC memes’ spread as “a little scary”:

NPCs have no agency; NPCs don’t think for themselves; NPCs don’t perceive, process, or understand; NPCs arrive at the same worldview not because it’s authentic to their experiences, but automatically. As a descriptor, it suggests that those to whom it applies aren’t even human, but are rather, functionally, robots, or clusters of computer code. That this has resonated as widely as it has is funny, but also a little scary.


Twitter has banned dozens of users sharing and retweeting the NPC memes.
One such banned user told Breitbart News: “I followed many NPC accounts (some followed me back). I retweeted some of them. I also answered someone’s (one of my followers) question about what the NPC meme is. Some people didn’t understand it right away. I can’t remember if I posted anything else that would be it. I’m pretty certain it was only because I followed and retweeted NPCs and probably ended up on a list or was mass reported by angry leftists who can’t handle what they see in the mirror.”

Despite the left’s insistence that the NPC meme is “dehumanizing,” there seems to be no similar outcry from the same people when conservatives on social media are dismissed as “Russian bots” by opponents.

Follow Robert Kraychik on Twitter.

OK, so that’s where it hurts? Nice to know… Sort of a fundamental “push here to see volcano” button ;-)

Interesting bit from down in the comments there:

Ris Toirtap Milo • 13 hours ago

The Left knows memes are effective (I think the Marines have a legit meme squad? Lol) and so they try to ban and censor them. Pics with text (memes) are now illegal in Germany. Seriously.

Really? Germany banning memes? Not sure how one would do that given so much legitimate imagery contains text (captcha anyone?)

Here’s a few other memes I picked up off of Gab:

Race, Sex, and White Men Meme

Race, Sex, and White Men Meme

Socialist Economic Headache

Socialist Economic Headache

How to end gender confusion

How to end gender confusion

Election Reminder

Election Reminder

Cry 2020 Hat

Cry 2020 Hat

As you can see, it can be addictive these meme things…

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About E.M.Smith

A technical managerial sort interested in things from Stonehenge to computer science. My present "hot buttons' are the mythology of Climate Change and ancient metrology; but things change...
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17 Responses to What’s In A Meme?

  1. beththeserf says:

    :) Put the bleme on meme, boys,
    Put the bleme on meme… which meme,
    that divine, ‘n human, comedy meme?

  2. corsair red says:

    cozening up to Russia,
    cozen: to obtain by deception
    And the left claims Putin is the smart one. :-)

  3. Jon K says:

    This is a good youtube on this

    In my experience, memes are so effective at pointing out the hypocrisy of the left. Getting short attention span young people to read a 1200 word think piece is impossible, but a well thought out meme will break through the leftist facade and make them think for themselves. Meme have probably red pilled more millennials than any other medium.

  4. cdquarles says:

    :D too funny. ROFLOLMAO. Nailed them, they did. Gave them a dose of their own medicine, they did. Not aware that they treat “us normals” that way. Yes, “SJWs”, you demean and dehumanize us. You do it 24/7/365, and we are tired of it. We read your playbook and are doing nothing more than holding a mirror so you can see yourselves as we see you.

  5. seabrznsun says:

    I posted to Twitter as a public service announcement. I’ll see if it gets removed.

  6. E.M.Smith says:

    @JonK:

    Really spot on video! Learned a new one from it: #FBPE
    Follow Back Pro Eu
    that some redefined as
    Full Brexit Prompt Exit
    just to get under their skin…

    Why can’t The Left meme very well? I suspect it is an artifact of a mental limitation. It requires a gestalt of the problem and context that illuminates to then reduce to an image with humor and a bit of bite. Now unpack that:

    Bit of bite: Not allowed as it isn’t rainbow unicorns and considering all feelings important. Since feelings are more important than thought, all thought that causes negative feelings avoided at all costs. (The apparent conflict with constantly chanting ‘NAZI!’ at white men – for asking the SJWs why they think something – is clarified once you realize that chanting causes them pleasure so is a positive emotion while thinking is painful, so asking them to think is assault… and white men’s lives don’t matter…)

    With humor: From such a depressed and negative oppressive bunch of thought police? The only humor I’ve seen from them is a peculiar kind of schadenfreude based on hurting conservatives. Thought based humor requires, well, thoughts…

    Reduce to an image: Right Brain visual thinking – not in evidence in slogan chanters. These are largely people who can’t put a square peg in a square hole and think putting it in the round hole ought to be just fine. Or that even telling the round peg it’s a peg and not a hole is un-reasonable stereotyping. Categorizing is a fundamental to rational thought and they demonize categorizing. Their visualization and problem solving skill is stunted. Don’t ask them to fix their own drain pipes unless you enjoy watching struggle as they try to figure out what a pipe wrench does.

    Context that illuminates: Requires understanding that context illuminates. Skill not in evidence. You expect them to do “compare and contrast” when all their propaganda is about NOT comparing and accepting incompatible ideas without illuminating that conflict?

    Gestalt of the problem: These folks can’t even grasp their penis to recognize it means male. (Or notice the lack of one means they are female). How can you expect them to grasp an abstract thought? Someone ELSE tells them what to think, they are unpracticed at thinking up something on their own and in fear it would be wrong think.

    So from start to end they lack the necessary bits to think of and create an effective meme.

  7. E.M.Smith says:

    @Beththeserf:

    Rita was a Hispanic dancer with ambition. Her bio is fascinating. Dancing at 12 in the family show, then working up to stardom. Of course the SJW types would recoil in horror from her – a woman using her rampant charm for effect… and making it big in America as a Hispanic. From the wiki:

    Rita Hayworth (born Margarita Carmen Cansino
    […]
    Hayworth was born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1918 as Margarita Carmen Cansino, the oldest child of two dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino, was from Castilleja de la Cuesta, a little town near Seville, Spain.

    Her mother, Volga Hayworth, was an American of Irish-English descent who had performed with the Ziegfeld Follies. The couple married in 1917. They also had two sons: Eduardo Jr. and Vernon. Her maternal uncle Vinton Hayworth was also an actor.

    Margarita’s father wanted her to become a professional dancer, while her mother hoped she would become an actress. Her paternal grandfather, Antonio Cansino, was renowned as a classical Spanish dancer. He popularized the bolero, and his dancing school in Madrid was world-famous. Hayworth later recalled, “From the time I was three and a half … as soon as I could stand on my own feet, I was given dance lessons.” She noted “I didn’t like it very much … but I didn’t have the courage to tell my father, so I began taking the lessons. Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, that was my girlhood.”

    She attended dance classes every day for a few years in a Carnegie Hall complex, where she was taught by her uncle Angel Cansino. Before her fifth birthday she was one of the Four Cansinos featured in the Broadway production of The Greenwich Village Follies at the Winter Garden Theatre. In 1926 at the age of eight, she was featured in La Fiesta, a short film for Warner Bros.

    In 1927, her father took the family to Hollywood. He believed that dancing could be featured in the movies and that his family could be part of it. He established his own dance studio, where he taught such stars as James Cagney and Jean Harlow. During the Great Depression, he lost all his investments as commercial interest in his dancing classes waned.

    In 1931, Eduardo Cansino partnered with his 12-year-old daughter to form an act called the Dancing Cansinos. Since under California law Margarita was too young to work in nightclubs and bars, her father took her with him to work across the border in Tijuana, Mexico.
    In the early 1930s, it was a popular tourist spot for people from Los Angeles. Because she was working, Cansino never graduated from high school, but she completed the ninth grade at Hamilton High in Los Angeles.

    Cansino (Hayworth) took a bit part in the film Cruz Diablo (1934) at age 16, which led to another bit part in the film In Caliente (1935) with the Mexican actress Dolores del Río. She danced with her father in such nightspots as the Foreign and the Caliente clubs. Winfield Sheehan, the head of the Fox Film Corporation, saw her dancing at the Caliente Club and quickly arranged for Hayworth to do a screen test a week later. Impressed by her screen persona, Sheehan signed her for a short-term, six-month contract at Fox, under the name Rita Cansino, the first of two name changes during her film career.

    But you will never hear an SJW sort praising the way a high school drop out Hispanic dancer could become a world famous movie star in America. Doesn’t fit the narrative. “Fox Bad. Fox evil white men”. Fox raising up an uneducated Hispanic woman to be an idolized star of film and touring the world to adulation and admiration… she brought the talent, they pulled her out of dancing Tijuana bars and put her on the silver screen. That’s what a meritocracy does. That’s the narrative they will never accept.

  8. H.R. says:

    E.M: “These are largely people who can’t put a square peg in a square hole and think putting it in the round hole ought to be just fine. Or that even telling the round peg it’s a peg and not a hole is un-reasonable stereotyping. “

    It doesn’t matter if the peg is square or round. The only think that matters is what shape the peg feels it is and what hole it feels it should be allowed to go into. 😜😆
    .
    .
    .
    I’m finishing packing up the truck trailer today and leaving for the sunshine and particularly the moonshine in Tennessee. I’ll keep up with reading here but comments will be light and if I get responses or questions on anything I’ve written, I may not be in a position to reply right away or perhaps at all. But I’ll be reading.

    @p.g. $1,300 dollars later and that scenario where I go careening down a mountain out of control is now only a very remote possibility. New calipers, a ball joint transplant, new brake pads, and 3 brake lines replaced and I am good to go. Had a suspect lockout hub ($600.00!!!) but they tore into it and deemed it to be perfectly OK.

    At the shop I go to, I get a 15% “Frequent Whiner’s Discount” on all work over $300, so that helps me to pay up and stay safe.

    Now all I have to do is dodge all the other trucks with travel trailers careening down the mountain who didn’t get their brakes checked.😜

  9. E.M.Smith says:

    @H.R.:

    Fair weather and dry roads to you!

    Glad to hear your brakes wont break on your break from here. ;-)

  10. Jon K says:

    Not sure if this is real, but it sure is funny…

  11. E.M.Smith says:

    @Jon K:

    There’s a magical moment when folks stop giving a damn what some asshole thinks of them and starts deliberately yanking their chain.

    I think the folks Twitter pissed off and sent to Gab have reached that point… and are happy to tweak the nose of the Twits at Twitter

    You know, like when some jerk is ranting about “cultural appropriation” so you just pick up a Sombrero and wear it as often as possible in their presence… ( I had one when I was a kid, given to me by my Mexican friend – wish I still had it… great in the sun and heat. My sister has a beautiful picture of herself in full dress kimono – from when she was living in Japan. Cultural appropriation my ass. She just looks good in it. The locals LIKED her wearing it.)

    So go ahead and rant at me, it’s nice to know where the trigger is so I can pull it ;-)

  12. H.R. says:

    E.M.: “[…] it’s nice to know where the trigger is so I can pull it “

    Classic! 😎

  13. E.M.Smith says:

    OMG! Infowars is doing the same story!

    So did we both start from Breitbart? or who followed whom?

    https://www.infowars.com/show/

  14. beththeserf says:

    EM, that was interesting about Rita Hayworth’s life and father’s opportunism.
    Recently read a biography about comedian Lou Costello, similar stories of
    finding opportunities, developing skills, in hard times. Rags to riches stories
    will be rare under the new economic technocracy.

  15. philjourdan says:

    NPC – Love it!

    Heading your way, just below you. Will be back on the right coast next week. Guess I get to see all the NPCs in California. :-)

  16. E.M.Smith says:

    This is a good summary from Black Pigeon

  17. E.M.Smith says:

    Timcast gets it too:

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