yonder wrote on Sep 24, 2022, 16:58:
FloodAnxiety wrote on Sep 24, 2022, 16:12:
Re: TikTok’s ‘NPC In Real Life’ Trend Comes From Gen Z’s Worst Side.
I think author Ashley Bardhan has missed the entire joke. Sure, there are some unsavory jerks taking the joke to unsavory extremes, and those people <i>should</i> stop harassing people.
Personally, I find that when people behave like NPCs in a way that causes unnecessary stress to everyone around them, that shrugging it off as NPC behavior is just a simple coping mechanism that adds some lighthearted humor into the situation.
Many of these videos are just hilarious "person walking in place as they continually fail to walk through a glass wall", and is hilariously similar to behavior we consistently see from NPCs in games.
Then there is the more, put-down side of things. For example, suppose you are reacting to a brainwashed, indoctrinated person who couldn't think critically to save their life. The type of person who literally has no inner monologue, no filter on their mouths, and couldn't give you a reason for any of their behavior. They simply act 100% on auto pilot all of the time, and the deep thinking side of their brain is severely under-developed (i.e. fast thinking only and no slow thinking, see the book "Thinking fast and slow"). Their behavior is VERY similar to NPCs in video games.
And what do we do with NPCs in video games? We don't try to change them. We accept that they are NPCs and move on with our lives.
I'm here for calling people who exhibit NPC-like behavior in real life what they act like: NPCs.
To use a millennial saying... "Not all Gen Z"
The extreme really DO ruin it for the majority, and this is no different. If A, B, C, D, E, F, and G need to be relegated to "only in certain situations" because of unsavory jerks... then this is no different. If I can't engage in Poe's Law publicly to mock sexism scum by acting like them, because unsavory jerks will emulate it, for example, then it is ONE HUNDRED PERCENT okay to call out Gen Z because they created this problem.
This shit isn't hilarious. Stop endorsing the harassment of innocent people by saying that these videos are hilarious. That's 100% what you are doing. Don't call them NPCs. Call them fucking asshole pieces of shit. And, at times, criminals. And, 100% of the time, fucking clueless children.
If you find it funny, keep it *ONLY* to those people who find it funny. Harass your idiot friends. Nothin wrong with that. Getting your jollies off by intentionally inflicting negative experiences on others makes you nothing more than scum, and finding that hilarious means you are okay with people being scum.
I fear the only way for those who endorse this behavior to understand the pain they inflict is for it to be inflicted on them hundred-fold, and I don't like that idea, but I do worship pragmatism. So keep that in mind the next time you're having a horrible, stress-filled day, and some stupid advanced-age child gets their jollies off by harassing the living shit out of you. I hope you get a clue, FloodAnxiety, and I hope the children who do this crap also get a clue one day. May your journey of growing up be filled with less harassment than the lives of the victims in the videos you enjoy laughing at.
And you have provided the 100% flawless counter to any complaint you might have about what I say.
... it's okay, cuz I find it funny.
Whoa. Quite the response. Perhaps we have had different experiences with this type of content. Who is harassing who? Most of the content I've seen, it is usually the person exhibiting NPC like behavior that is causing the disturbance if there is one. I haven't been exposed to the type of content where some jerk goes around calling normal people NPCs in order to justify harassing them (other than that single person mentioned in the article. I'm not sure one person, regardless of their viewership, counts as wide spread.).
If this is a real problem I haven't been exposed to it but I am will be educated on how big and wide spread of a problem if it has spread to the point where calling someone an NPC is already so taboo.
This is the type of content I have seen:https://youtu.be/0_9FprGmqzg
I reviewed the article. The article didn't have a lot in terms of examples. One example is of some professional jerk, I didn't dig further to determine if all his jerk behavior centralized on him calling people NPCs or if just a few of his videos were. The other is a perfect example, someone intentionally being funny, and people saying enjoying the content. Do you find objection to the second video of the guy clapping like a NPC/Robot? Can you help me understand what you find objectional? And/or, can you provide some links to this objectional content that is so wide spread that I should now refrain from using the term NPC to describe behavior that mimics NPCs? My YouTube searching abilities are failing to find this abusive content.
I'm genuinely willing to learn and want to understand your side. I'm now asking myself, what if you did mean the videos like the one I posted. Would I consider most of those people victims because they are in a video that went viral? Hmm, I am starting to hypothesize that perhaps you are probably against all forms of videos that are posted without permissions? And all such people are victims? Or maybe not and it is purely the victims of jerks who bump into people on purpose etc.
To be clear. I am 100% against harassment of any kind. But from the data I've seen, the harassment of people due to the usage of the term NPC in real life has not reached the point where we should actively discourage calling NPC-like behavior in real life what it looks like. I welcome you to increase my dataset to change my mind.