NM WebDex Y2K20 records the fugitive meanings of New Models’ vernacular as collectively defined by a swarm of NM dark forest dwellers in early 2021.

A journalistic buzzword for the desire to arrange the world into battles between Good and Evil, a reflection of the binary bias that plagues the online experience as a result of otherwise incomprehensible complexity.

NM TopSoil Ep 45: MANI/PEDO
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Carly Busta: Manichean comes from this Persian religion which was active between the 3rd and 11th century. I think that's when it was flourishing. When you said it the first time I kept thinking you were referencing like The Manchurian Candidate. But I looked it up and I was like, ManiCHAEan, oh, it’s this religion!

Daniel Keller: It's religion is also just like Americana, right?

CB: Manichaeism was coevol with early Christianity.

LIL INTERNET: It was like another startup that borrowed things from all the little vibes going on at the time. Manichaens had this dualistic idea that there was like a light God and a dark fighting each other. But there's also all these demons like Gnosticism...

LI: Jesus is in Manichaeism. They believe that Mani, their final profit, after Zoroaster, Buddha, and Jesus. They got big in China. Wikipedia categorizes it under Gnosticism, there's a whole bunch.

CB: Decolonize Christianity!

LI: I'm doing my part to decolonize Christianity. I'm reading the Apocrypha.