Film Theory: The Monster in the Comments… OwO

Film Theory: The Monster in the Comments… OwO

[Music] have you ever considered why you’re here while you’re watching this video among the millions of others churning across the internet did you by your own free will choose to click or was it an algorithm spooning it to you convincing you that you had a choice a manipulation giving you the illusion of control would you know could you tell the difference where does free will end and the invisible hand begin ask yourself who chose this you [Music] hello internet welcome to film theory the show where today it’s time to make owo the commenter into owo the commented on hi yes hello head editor dan here as you could tell matt doesn’t know how to say oh whoa so on behalf of matt and all of team theorist i apologize for matt’s dadness okay back to the theory now for anyone who’s taken a look down in the comments section of our videos over the last couple months chances are you already know just how often you can find the account owo heck they’ve been commenting on a bunch of game theory videos starting back on april 17th this year at least as far as i can tell and that’s great thank you owo in fact thank you to everyone down there who comments each and every week i know it’s kind of a thing that youtubers don’t like reading their comments and yeah i went through that phase two where it was kind of a scary place to be but now i don’t know things have changed for me maybe i’m just more confident now maybe it’s that the comments have gotten nicer but overall it’s just really great getting to see what your thoughts are in fact some of our best episode suggestions these days come from the comments and i’ve been trying to make more theories with you commenters in mind like over on food theory where we’re testing out your burger recipes supplied to us via the reddit and the comments so if you ever want to say anything long or short smart or dumb whatever just drop us a line down there we do read them and to the theorist out there type in an ironic comment about how you doubt i’ll read yours i have read it your username is very funny thank you very much but owo was a commenter who caught my attention not just because they have highly liked comments on a lot of our videos but because they aren’t just commenting on our videos owo seems to be everywhere you can find them having top comments on videos from markiplier dan tdm technoblade tons of others video after video and they don’t stop there we found owo had left comments on channels with just eight subs starlight shiner who made a fun little video to let us know that owo is a friend at first i thought the account must just be a bot spamming the comment section of popular youtube videos for attention but the content of their comments suggests that they’re actually watching the videos not just pulling from the titles and descriptions something abot just wouldn’t be capable of so it’s a person who comments a lot on youtube what’s the big deal why am i dedicating a full video let alone a full theory video to one random commenter in the sea of millions of youtube viewers out there well it’s because owo isn’t everything they seem to be they’re not just a funny and omnipresent commenter across the platform go to their channel and you immediately discover something much more sinister going on hidden in their content is an arg that involves a mysterious government agency glitchy tapes with hidden messages something dark that lurks in the shadows and a not-so-subtle message from the channel’s creator that all these videos connect to something much much larger owo is the sort of mystery most of you in the comments section have overlooked because it’s hiding in the best place among you in plain sight amidst a sea of other anonymous commenters so today we’re going to start to crack open what that mystery seems to be and reveal to you the entity that you’ve unknowingly been sharing the comment section with this entire time let’s start where my journey began the owo channel itself as i mentioned before what initially set me down this path was seeing owo appear in video after video after video on our channel top comment after top comment at a certain point i was like hey gotta go check this person out and immediately i was taken aback 188 000 total subscribers with only three videos now i’m intrigued i mean that is fantastic performance which means that those videos must be pretty darn good right well what hid in that 4 minutes and 32 seconds of content was not what i expected the first video soon is pretty basic acting as our introduction to the series and owo the character we’re presented with an explicit warning about owo claiming that they haunt quote the comment section all over the platform and if we see them don’t encounter it as it’s absolutely everywhere the camera zooms out from a stock 1970s tv and we cut to a view from behind it as a door opens and owo walks in he turns the tv off and rests his head against it like he’s exhausted looks up and notices a camera with a note that reads as follows dear owo please for the sake of your family please upload a video like it has been a hundred years just back to us please sincerely some people just before the video ends we see a flash of the word soon now this at first seems like it would just be a simple subscriber update style video a creator teasing to the audience that an upload is coming in the near future but there’s actually a lot of information that we can immediately pull from this first the warning at the beginning calls owo and it giving us the sense that this isn’t a person or at least not a person in the traditional sense secondly the note says for the sake of your family which means that owo has been separated from its loved ones in some way and maybe they’re looking for a sign that owo is safe maybe owo has been captured or maybe is in hiding in some way the next reference to 100 years also tells us that wherever owo is they’ve been gone for a long time and lastly we can narrow down when the video was recorded based on the model of the camera a canon eos 1500d this camera was unveiled on february 25th 2018 so the video must have been recorded sometime after that date the second video cookie released five months later again starts with a warning warning the following animation you’re about to watch contains disturbing images not suitable for the viewer this footage is heavily protected by the agency as it’s used for information purposes only viewer discretion advised after some flashing which some have guessed his morse code but when we tested didn’t seem to spell anything we get more glitchy text and learn that this is file number two titled beginning smaller text at the bottom reads privacy act of 1974. if you look carefully you can see owo silhouette flash behind the glitchy text in this moment so all of this seems to support those clues from the first video the references to a mysterious agency the privacy act the explicit warnings put in front of the video it seems like these are videos that are owned that owo may have been captured by some secret agency where it’s been imprisoned for a long time maybe as the subject of some tests and now the videos are being released to the public if we keep watching we start to get some answers during the video owo claims that someone is looking for them i carry this myself yet because they’re looking for me which means that the video was released before owo was captured and they can’t tell us who they are but give us a symbol to remember their presence what could it be some creepy scp logo satanic imagery a coded maze nope owo gives us a cookie saying that whenever you think of this i’m still around life well that is not what i expected you have this dark noir setting with creepy glitches and you give us a cookie at least it’s chocolate chip and not some reject cookie like snickerdoodle anyway the video ends with someone breaking into owo’s location we get some final flashes and the messages the video will end shortly help me please i’ll be back in the final video 100k released april 17th 2021 ow gets a letter from an anonymous person congratulating them for hitting 100k subs owo calls out that the number reads like look after some more static and glitching we see that this video is file 6 titled strange milestone the file naming seems to be setting up a timeline of events so far with only files two and six revealed a timer shows up on the screen and owo fades in as a creepy face looms behind him after celebrating his milestone achievement owo realizes that the whole thing has been a trap but it’s too late the timer hits 60 seconds the screen flashes revealing the creepy face with the message i found you and the video abruptly ends putting all the clues across all three videos together it seems that owo is an entity that was hunted and captured by a government agency after making a mistake and recording a video for longer than 60 seconds except we’re clearly missing something that’s critical to the story why why owo who or maybe better what is owo to make it such a hunted entity well with a name like the commenter you’d expect that their comments are a large part of what we need to analyze to try and solve things and from looking through the comments we can actually learn a bunch of things about owo the oldest comment that we could find was on the unspeakable gaming channel back on october 25th 2019. but since owo officially joined youtube on may 1st 2019 there may be some others that predate that one that we weren’t able to find we also know that ow’s birthday is on may 18th important to note since that’s the record date hinted at in the second video that they grew up addicted to cartoons that they’re a cat person and that at some point owo’s father left but that is a small percentage of their online comments if floor is truly hiding in the place owo is most known i have to get to work especially when you take into account the fact that according to an interview with owo on the subreddit find owo they spend anywhere between 6 and 12 hours a day commenting on videos assuming that owo moves slowly and watches each video in its entirety that would average one video every say 11.7 minutes giving them the generous estimate of two minutes to type a comment owo could be leaving nearly 53 comments over a 12-hour day on the low end with his account active for 817 days as of writing the script they may have left in the range of 43 301 comments oh my god what have i done is what i would be saying had it not been for owo actually posting on reddit that quote commenting has nothing to do with the arg at all this also apparently applies to owo’s second channel as well dark revolution which is quote again just a channel to post fun content in it has no relation to anything with the arg which means i don’t have to go through 40 000 comments or an additional channel’s worth of videos to solve this thing looks like christmas came early for old matpat this year so with no other videos our last source of information is from owo’s community section there are nine total posts here some are owo seemingly messing around but there are also two previews of videos coming down the road with hints to the airg they both have one thing in common the reappearance of that creepy face in one the face is inside a tv behind a silhouetted man in a suit possibly hinting that the creepy face is behind the government who’s controlling what we see the second has the creepy face on a billboard behind the word message which again could be taken as the creepy face literally being in control over the media or the imagery that we see in the world around us so okay owo seems to be being hunted and tested on by a government agency that can seemingly control the media so again what is owo and why does it matter well dear theorists get your pepe silvia boards out and strap in we’re about to sail dangerously close to 10-foot tall wario territory i believe that owo is a meme a meme that has come to life now this seems insane with so little information to go on but hear me out here there has to be a reason for the agency to need owo an agency that again based on the community post seems to be able to control and manipulate the media well owo must be able to do or be able to offer this agency something that they don’t currently have which had me coming back to the first warning on the first video warning this message is about a mysterious person who haunts the comment sections all over the platform if you see a humanoid figure please don’t encounter it as it’s absolutely everywhere well what relates to the media spreads like a virus and can change the way that people think memes in fact when the word and concept of a meme was first proposed back in 1976 it was literally compared to a parasite for the brain to quote from evolutionary biologist richard dawkins in his book the selfish gene from 1976 quote when you plant a fertile meme in the mind you literally parasitize my brain turning it into a vehicle for the meme’s propagation in just the way that a virus might parasitize the genetic mechanism of a host cell what if owo the commenter is the original concept of a meme come to life and embodied in one single humanoid entity if the agency knows that owo is some kind of ultimate meme then trying to limit owo’s power by warning people to avoid contact with it makes absolute sense i mean across the last few presidential elections we’ve seen the power that memes can wield so to a government they could be seen as a threat capturing owo suddenly makes sense as the ability to control an entity with the potential to influence human behavior and cultural evolution would give them incredible levels of power or they could just keep that power from others owo’s very first action in this series is to rest his head against a television intended to be from the 1970s this same decade that dawkins published the selfish gene that could absolutely be a coincidence but when you google image search for 1976 vintage tv the same tv used in owo’s video shows up right near the top of the search results for sure it is absolutely a stretch but it’s also an arg so it’s not wrong to consider anything a possible clue but the biggest hint to me goes back to the cookie from the second video like why a cookie it makes no sense is it meant to be like lol random funny or maybe the cookie isn’t a cookie consider this if owo is some kind of internet-based entity come to life it wouldn’t be far-fetched to assume that the cookie is a computer cookie for anyone that doesn’t know a computer cookie or an http cookie is a small block of data placed on your computer by a website at their most benign they’re used to track your internet activities at their worst well let me tell you a story back in 2005 a hacker named sami kamkar alias js space hero created a computer worm on myspace which for all of you youngans was the older even less cool version of facebook anyway sami’s worm was intended as a prank and it made it so anyone who visited his page would automatically add him as a friend and their profile would then display the message but most of all sammy is my hero it also added that code to any infected profile within 20 hours sammy’s message was on over a million profiles making it the single fastest spreading virus of all time his message not unlike owo seemed to be everywhere but sammy’s love of computers didn’t end after he created the single fastest spreading virus of all time among a ton of other interesting projects he created something known as the ever cookie ever cookie is a cookie that identifies and reproduces itself intentionally when it’s deleted this ability to respawn is so good that in 2013 when edward snowden released top secret nsa documents we learned that they had been using evercookie to track users now do i think that owo and its cookie symbol are based on the story of a single hacker who happened to create something co-opted by a us government agency for its own use no but the general idea of it all fits an entity that spreads virality and can’t be deleted represented by a cookie one that is used for near-omniscient tracking abilities one that was used by shadowy government agencies the similarities between these stories do seem to be very interesting so is that it is owo really just the living embodiment of a meme captured by a government agency attempting to gain more power and influence with plans to ultimately control culture and society as a whole looks like we’ll have to wait for a few more pieces to put the puzzle together and i guarantee someone will be watching us from the shadows and from the comments i’ll see you down below owo make sure the rest of you down there say hi to him we don’t want to be impolite and most importantly of all remember it’s all just a theory a film theory and cuts hi it’s me again back for the end card thank you so much for watching you can click on this here and i’ll take you somewhere and you click here that’ll take you somewhere i don’t know where i’m sure it’ll be exciting you don’t need to sit and wait for for me i’ll see you there leave
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