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What Is NPC, the pro-Trump internet’s new favourite insult? • The New York Times
Kevin Roose:
<p>Last week, a trolling campaign organized by right-wing internet users spilled over onto Twitter. The campaign, which was born in the fever swamps of 4chan and Reddit message boards, involved creating hundreds of fictional personas with gray cartoon avatars, known as NPCs. These accounts posed as liberal activists and were used to spread — among other things — false information about November’s midterm elections.

Over the weekend, Twitter responded by suspending about 1,500 accounts associated with the NPC trolling campaign. The accounts violated Twitter’s rules against “intentionally misleading election-related content,” according to a person familiar with the company’s enforcement process. The person, who would speak only anonymously, was not authorized to discuss the decision.

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. Here, we try to unpack the NPC meme, what it means and why it’s causing trouble on Twitter.</p>

Just doing my job keeping you informed of memeulations on the intertubes, folks.
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3 days ago by charlesarthur
From memes to Infowars: how 75 fascist activists were “red-pilled” • bellingcat
Robert Evans:
<p>An online community develops its own lingo over time. Among fascist activists “red-pilling” means converting someone to fascist, racist and anti-Semitic beliefs. The term originates with “The Matrix,” a popular 1999 film. The protagonist is offered the choice between a red pill, which will open his eyes to the reality of a machine-dominated world, and a blue pill, which will return him to ignorance and safety. The definition of “red pill,” as used by fascists, is rather elastic. Films and songs are described as “red pilled” if they reinforce a far-right worldview. At least one poster referred to amphetamines as red-pilled.

There appears to be no agreed-upon standard for when a human being is red-pilled. Most fascist activists agree that acknowledgement of the Jewish Question, or JQ, is critical. This means believing that Jewish people are at the center of a vast global conspiracy. The end goal of this conspiracy is usually described as “white genocide”, but there are numerous variations.

Red pilling is described as a gradual process. Individual people can be red-pilled on certain issues and not others. Stefan Molyneux, a popular author and far-right YouTube personality, is seen as being red-pilled on race and “the future of the west” even though he is not considered as a fascist. Prominent YouTuber PewPewDie is also often considered red-pilled. It is accepted that media personalities need to hide their outright fascist beliefs, or “power level”, in order to have a chance at red-pilling the general population (usually called “normies”).</p>

This really is a quite depressing dive into a weird subculture. Being able to bring small groups with common thinking together is the internet's strength, but also its failing. And there's plentiful evidence that any online group tends to get dragged to the extreme views held within it. Also: YouTube is a big part of this process.
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5 days ago by charlesarthur
bellingcat - From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled” - bellingcat
From Memes to Infowars: How 75 Fascist Activists Were “Red-Pilled” - bellingcat

The vast majority of domestic terror attacks in the U.S. are carried out by white supremacist organizations . Atomwaffen, a neo-Nazi death squad with five…
memes  politics  disinformation  farright 
9 days ago by zephoria
The NBA Meme Bracket
"As a coach, Jeff Van Gundy’s defining characteristic was the puffy, ashen bags hanging pendulously beneath his eyes. Knicks and Rockets fans were intimately familiar with those milky skin sacks and Jeff’s rumpled, hangdog energy. This GIF, from the introduction to Game 4 of the 2010 Eastern Conference final between the Celtics and the Magic, allows Jeff’s vacant, haunted eyes to step into the spotlight to spine-tingling effect."
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14 days ago by bankbryan
Pablo Rochat
"This man is taking Instagram Stories to mind-blowing new levels" - Mashable
Memes  Creative 
16 days ago by mikon_nikon

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