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New York Times Forced to Cover Hilarious NPC Meme

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The formerly-renowned paper of record has devolved into explaining a hilarious new viral meme to its Baby Boomer audience.

“NPC means ‘nonplayable character’ or ‘nonplayer character.’ It’s a term, borrowed from the world of video games, for a character that is controlled by the computer rather than by a player. An NPC often advances the game’s plot by saying scripted lines, or assisting the playable characters in some way,” the New York Times said Tuesday.

Right-wing meme magicians have flooded Twitter with the NPC meme, parroting leftist talking points from accounts with grey-clad, stone faced avatars, infuriating the “social justice” crowd.

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In case you haven’t seen any of the memes, here is an example:

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“Orange man bad” is the most basic of the NPC jokes, referring to leftists’ proclivity for calling President Donald J. Trump orange. NPCs often use terms like “literally shaking right now,” and “so brave” to poke fun at leftists who have  a habit of being overly-dramatic.

The Times described the meme thusly:

It’s a long story, but the short version is that a group of young, extremely pro-Trump internet trolls have spent the past several years mocking anti-Trump people as whiny, easily triggered snowflakes who are primarily motivated by social acceptance rather than by logic and critical thinking.

Many of Mr. Trump’s supporters — including, as of last week, Kanye West — put their support for him in the language of freethinking rationality and paint the other side as being motivated by blind loyalty and identity politics. (Mr. West said of his pre-Trump-supporting days, “I was programmed to think from a victimized mentality.”)

The NPC meme fits neatly into this narrative and offers Mr. Trump’s online supporters an easy shorthand way to paint liberals as humorless prudes who say “Drumpf” because the HBO host John Oliver told them to, who march in protests and put on pink “pussyhats” because they’re the popular things to do, and whose views can’t withstand scrutiny.

The meme’s effectiveness in demonstrating the ridiculousness of “social justice” hysteria has stuck a chord at Twitter’s corporate offices. The company, according to the Times, has suspended at least 1500 NPC accounts. The company claims that NPC accounts were spreading misinformation about the upcoming elections, which is apparently the newest violation of Twitter’s terms of service.

Some NPC accounts were indeed encouraging leftists to get out and vote on Nov. 7, which is the day after this year’s elections:

The political left’s reaction to the meme played into the meme itself.

Many leftists simultaneously decried NPC accounts as “dehumanizing” while also claiming that those behind the accounts were “Russian bots,” both of which are classic NPC/leftist talking points.  The left’s inability to understand the joke then became part of the joke.

Alas, the Times assured its readers that Russia has nothing to do with this.

“Although some of the NPC accounts may have been automated, there is no sign that Russia is involved in this. Mostly, it appears to be a 4chan joke that spiraled into some mild voter suppression.”

The meme has officially come to life.

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SILENCING TRUMP: Jared Kushner ‘Intervened’ to Stop the President from Joining Gab, Parler

Silencing the President.

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Jared Kushner reportedly intervened to prevent President Donald Trump from joining free speech social media platforms, according to sources within the Trump administration.

John McEntee, a longtime Trump aide, had encouraged the President to establish a presence on Parler and Gab earlier this week, around the same time that Parler was deplatformed by Amazon oligarch Jeff Bezos for enabling free speech. Kushner reportedly urged the President not to, claiming that the free speech networks were “fringe” and that they weren’t worthy of the President’s brand.

Most Trump supporters in turn view Big Tech’s ideology of extreme censorship and bias against the Right as “extremist” in its own right, a view Kushner apparently doesn’t share.

Sources within the White House indicated Wednesday that President Trump was seriously considering joining one of the platforms. He’s been banned from nearly every social media platform, with Big Tech kingpins desperately seeking an outcome in which the American media environment returns to the stale, neoliberal hegemony of the early 2010’s.

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President Trump has suggested he’s interested in playing a role in a social media platform free of the auspices of Big Tech, an opportunity that could potentially prove to be gainful for existing platforms and the deplatformed President.

Trump’s delay in signing up for free speech social media platforms may only be temporary, with his associates under the impression that he’s going to get his historic Twitter account back. In the meantime, Kushner’s actions seem to have silenced the President, delivering a long-sought goal of the leading oligarchs and American corporate media companies.

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