Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Why the NPC Meme is the Ultimate Indictment of Today’s Liberals

Even in Wojak form, the unvarnished truth just plain stings

By: Jimbo X

Over the years, I’ve learned something — usually, people only get upset, I’m talking really angry — when what people are saying about them is at least partially true.

I mean, is there really any reason to get outraged over something you know for a fact is false? It’s just wasted energy. Normal people just let it slide off of ‘em like rainfall off a slick shingle. But if someone one starts talking mad shit about you and you have to acknowledge that at least some parts of their argument have some validity, all bets are off. Then it’s time to let reason take a backseat and let pure emotional, mammalian, egotistical fury take the wheel.

Ultimately, I think that’s the backbone of most liberal/progressivist movements. These things are virtually rooted in insecurities and inadequacies, and any slight — no matter how minor — that affirms those emotional and mental fragilities must be counteracted with explosive indignation.

Indeed, I’ve got a sneaking suspicion that most minoritarian identity politicians aren’t fueled by a genuine sense of hegemonic oppression, but rather their own fears of cognitive and ethical deficiencies. Many a multi-millionaire black identitarian and feminist lecturer — almost always from well-to-do families and almost always the product of elitist educational factories — seem so hell-bent on stamping out the embers of “racism” and “sexism” NOT because they think it’s a logical or moral thing to do, but because it gives them an all-purpose excuse for their own individual failings and character defects. Ultimately, it’s not the thought that men are superior to women or that whites are superior to blacks that causes them so much umbrage, but the fact that — no matter how much they try to work around it — there may indeed be at least a sliver of a granule of truth to those same “unthinkable” assertions.

Which is what makes the peculiarly frenzied reaction to the whole “NPC” meme from the left all the more telling.

For those of you not in the know, the whole “NPC” shtick is culled from 4Chan, that haven of Hitler-loving autists that, somehow, has become the closest thing contemporary society has to the salons of the Enlightenment era — that last bastion of modernity where freethinking is actually permitted, no matter how absurd or cockamamie.

The meme itself actually dates back to 2016, in a bizarre (yet strangely convincing) forum post in which a user compared non-playable characters (NPCs) in video games to real-life individuals “who autonomously follow groupthink and and social trends in order to appear convincingly human.” But the meme didn’t really take off until it was synthesized with the findings from a 2011 Psychology Today article that discovered — rather remarkably — that as many as 75 percent of subjects reported they lacked the ability to have an “internal dialogue.”

Cue this downright amazing statement from one participant:

It’s a downright flabbergasting discovery, no doubt, but one that seems to explain a lot of the behaviors and worldviews of today’s leftists. As the subject above demonstrates, without a running internal narrative, one’s conscience simply becomes a sponge, this organelle that merely soaks up its environment and repositions that external stimulus as its own objective consciousness.

This explains post-Trump liberalism to a T. In echo chambers like Reddit and the late night TV talk show cosmos, one doesn’t find anything even remotely approaching a countercultural ethos. Indeed, day after day, night after night, it’s the same old regurgitated routine, this steady drumbeat of “fuck the president” in only mildly diverging permutations. The aim of individuals like Bill Maher and Trevor Noah and John Oliver and all of those clucking hens on The View isn’t to provide viewers with profound insight, or even humor anymore — instead, it’s an endless parade of progressivist propaganda, a tidal wave of critical theory agitprop only superficially dressed up as “entertainment.” Indeed, watching Jimmy Kimmel and Susan Bee go through the same venomous, anti-conservative rhetoric every night is so far removed from what Johnny Carson and David Letterman were doing as to be literal facsimiles of the Two Minutes Hate from 1984 — only thirty times longer. Just bask in Orwell’s description of the then-fictitious phenomenon in his 1948 tome and contrast it with party-line-only forums like r/politics or Stephen Colbert or Vice or any other number of virulently anti-Trump congregations:

“The horrible thing about the Two Minutes Hate was not that one was obliged to act a part, but that it was impossible to avoid joining in. Within thirty seconds any pretense was always unnecessary. A hideous ecstasy of fear and vindictiveness, a desire to kill, to torture, to smash faces in with a sledge hammer, seemed to flow through the whole group of people like an electric current, turning one even against one's will into a grimacing, screaming lunatic. And yet the rage that one felt was an abstract, undirected emotion which could be switched from one object to another like the flame of a blowlamp.”

Sound familiar? Orwell’s totalitarian-utopian vision is astonishingly similar to the format of seemingly every “current affairs” program on television. It’s not hard to juxtapose 1984’s description with the typical frothing reaction of the crowd at a Pod Saves America or The Jim Jefferies Show taping. The intent is never to enlighten or even rudimentarily entertain — rather, the whole point of “political” comedy these days seems to be nothing more than to stir audiences into a vortex of unthinking hostility towards anything and everything their secularist high priests tell them to.

Such a format doesn’t allow for introspection or careful deliberation of what’s presented to the audience. Rather, it’s just rapid-fire barb one-after-another, with precious little time for the “joke” itself to sink in before the ringleader whisks the viewer towards the next anti-Trump/anti-conservative/anti-male/anti-white/anti-Christian potshot. It’s literally preaching to the choir, washing the audience in tide after tide of their own pre-affixed political prejudices. The purpose isn’t to amuse, but to affirm; to fuel their fiery, pre-existing ideological furies under the guise of “entertainment.”

It’s a form of so-called “humor” that can only work if the viewer absolutely refuses to think critically. By design, any sort of deeper cogitation on the message neutralizes its comedic merits, instead exposing the “joke” as nothing more than vitriolic invective.

Lambast the 4Channers if you wish, but from a practical standpoint, they are dead on the money with the proliferation of the NPC meme — and the suspiciously heightened outrage from leftist media outlets the world over only seems to strengthen the meme’s central argument.

The meme seeks “to dehumanize SJWs,” writes Kotaku’s Cecilia D'Anastasio — apparently oblivious to her own screeds’ obvious prejudices, which have long sought to “dehumanize” male video game programmers as one-dimensional “sexists”.

Meanwhile, Kevin Roose of The New York Times berates the NPC meme for depicting hive-minded liberals as “soulless,” — a rather stark example of “journalistic” hypocrisy, considering Roose’s predilection for positing “Russian influencers” as an amorphous blob of collective evil.

And Ellen Ioanes of The Daily Dot condemned the NPC shtick as “a pro-Trump meme that started in the bowels of the far-right internet” — even though the meme itself is totally neutral concerning the sitting President and, as explained at the beginning of the article, was actually spawned from discussion of legitimate neuroscientific research on a totally apolitical forum.

The irony is almost too much to take. By attempting to dismantle the NPC meme as hateful rhetoric, all of these deeply offended media ambassadors are indeed proving the meme’s point, that left-of-center advocates and allies are prone to defaulting to hasty generalizations about the political other when confronted with evidence that subverts their ideological worldview and that they appear to have a commonly-held predisposition for reverting to the party line in lieu of individually analyzing and deconstructing new information of their own cognitive accord.

Is it safe to assume that any number of ardent Trump loyalists are just as mindblind as these Democratic Party acolyte NPCs? Almost certainly, but in that, there’s a key difference — the cultural media complex depicts the anti-Trumper’s one-dimensional, unthinking ethos as uniformly correct, thus negating their need to ever question the veracity of their own “programming,” so to speak. With as much perpetual hatred and anger that is hoisted against Trump and Republicans and Christians day-in, day-out by the media-powers-that-are, it’s virtually impossible for right-of-center-thinkers in modern America to NOT be aware of a competing, antithetical worldview … let alone one that is endlessly posited and promoted as “the correct one” by the Western world’s academic/education/entertainment/mass media cabal.

But these NPCs, as the meme suggests, never even mull the idea that other people could genuinely believe that an antithetical perspective to their own is legitimate. For a political leisure class that constantly demands we empathize with one another, these liberal-progressivist types show no interest in trying to empathize with the political and moral perspectives of those on the other side of the aisle, instead automatically writing them off as wrongheaded, racist, evil or any other number of innately subjective descriptors that cannot be physically proven yet nonetheless become a social albatross costing individuals their careers and economic livelihoods. As lunk-headed as some far-right loyalists may be, they at least have to come into contact, regularly, with the notion that their own sociopolitical assumptions are incorrect; meanwhile, the targets of the NPC meme live in a cultural climate where they are effectively immune from criticism, where the forthrightness of their political indoctrination is never questioned and antithetical worldviews are NEVER deemed legitimate or even WORTH entertaining.

There’s a classical term used to describe that sort of mentality … and it’s one that the NPC meme beautifully showcases. Try typing the term “bigoted” into Google, and the following, pithy definition is what the search engine returns: “having or revealing an obstinate belief in the superiority of one’s own opinions and a prejudiced intolerance of the opinions of others.”

Such summarizes modern, post-Trump liberals to a T — an entire armada of close-minded, deeply prejudiced bigots constantly accusing the cultural other of being the exact same thing (by their own definition) they are, but never having the insight to see the same ugliness and unthoughtfulness within their own souls.

And in that? It’s very easy to see why the NPC meme is so troubling for so many leftists … primarily, because it presents an obvious truth they simply can’t refute about themselves.


  1. Far-right/alt-right motherfucker! Do the world a favor and kill yourself!🖕

  2. No it's you rightwingers who are bigoted


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