idle character


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idle character

n.
An alphanumeric or digital character that is transmitted over a communications line but does not appear in the output of the receiving terminal.
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This applies particularly to events at the University of Please Yourself, as an Erie Idle character in "All You Need is Cash," a Beatles' satire, once referred to the Golden State's seat of higher learning.
Featuring some one hundred actors, almost all of them nonprofessionals, the film careens nonstop from character to idle character, all the while collecting scraps of absurb, cynical, disengaged, delusional world views.
Borrowing a Chekhovian model in a play he described as "a fantasia in the Russian manner on English themes," Shaw allows his idle characters to banter and flirt before sounding the alarm that their poor grasp of economic and political realities has them heading for disaster.