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ELLIS:PRESENTER: Does he have to chew that so loudly? ELLIS:STRUCCI: He isn’t actually chewing; it’s a
chewing sound effect that we’re going to add in post. STRUCCI: So, you’re a “social media influencer.” PRESENTER: Yeah I just call myself a creator. STRUCCI: So you don’t have any influence? PRESENTER: I guess I have some. ELLIS: But you don’t like to be reminded of it? STRUCCI: Do you recognise these? PRESENTER: Yeah those are letters from fans of my YouTube channel. How did you get/ those? STRUCCI: Here’s an email from a high school
student in the US who says that your videos saved her life. Do you get that sort of thing a lot? PRESENTER: Every now and again. STRUCCI: Here’s one from a college student who says he looks at politics completely differently now because of you; sounds like he might even
vote differently. “You’ve changed the way I look at the world.” And another, “I’ve
never opened up to friends or family about this.” Here’s three separate women who say that they used to be transphobic before they watched your videos – can you explain that to me? PRESENTER: I don’t know, I would have thought
they could explain it better. STRUCCI: Here’s a letter from someone who
says they were going to kill themselves before they saw your video about the Cosmonaut… Do you get a lot of those? PRESENTER: I did get quite a few after that video, yeah. STRUCCI: You seem like a pretty influential guy then. PRESENTER: Is having a YouTube channel
a crime, suddenly? ELLIS: We’ll decide what is and what isn’t a crime. STRUCCI: Well if someone with as a big a reach
as you – a quarter of a million subscribers – is telling lies, that is something that
we take an interest in. PRESENTER: I haven’t been telling lies! STRUCCI: Well we’ll see. I have to fill out this form in case anything happens to you while you’re in our custody. Can
you tell us your name? PRESENTER: Oliver Thorn. ELLIS: Your real name. PRESENTER: That is my real name. ELLIS: S’not the one you were born with. PRESENTER: That’s the one I perform under. STRUCCI: Are you performing right now? PRESENTER: That’s actually an interesting question. PRESENTER: Detective, why am I being held here? ELLIS: It’s Detective Sergeant, actually. PRESENTER: Detective Sergeant why am I being/
held here? ELLIS: Detective Sergeant Ellis. PRESENTER: Detective Sergeant Ellis why
am I being/ held here? ELLIS: Detective Sergeant Ellis is just the
name he performs under though. His real name is Detective Inspector Strucci. PRESENTER: … Detective Inspector Strucci ELLIS: I’m Detective Inspector Strucci.
But that’s just the name I perform under; my real name’s Detective Sergeant Ellis. PRESENTER: Thank you. Detective Inspector Strucci/ ELLIS: They all say I’m a Detective Sergeant
but I identify as a DCI/ STRUCCI: That’s enough. PRESENTER: Detective Inspector Strucci/ STRUCCI: Just, ‘Detective,’ will do. PRESENTER: Detective. Can I ask why I’m being held here? STRUCCI: Go ahead. PRESENTER: Why am I being held here?! ELLIS: Why do you think you’re being held here? PRESENTER: I guess, you saw something in
one of my videos that you didn’t like? Just cause you brought them up. Something political
maybe? STRUCCI: You have political views? PRESENTER: …Yeah. ELLIS: Nothing that’s gonna cause a problem
for us though, right? PRESENTER: I’m sure you’ll decide that
for yourself. ELLIS: S’good answer. STRUCCI: You’re an actor, is that correct?
When you’re not doing YouTube? PRESENTER: I’m a professional actor, yeah. ELLIS: WoooOOOoo. STRUCCI: So you bacially lie for a living? PRESENTER: Acting isn’t lying. STRUCCI: Isn’t it? A while ago you were
in a play at the Southwark Playhouse, about the Alt-Right. In it your character
expressed some views/ PRESENTER: Well obviously, I don’t believe everything I say on stage/ STRUCCI: So it was a lie. PRESENTER: No. STRUCCI: So it was true? PRESENTER: No! ELLIS: What the hell? STRUCCI: So you’re telling us that you can
say something that is both not true and not a lie? PRESENTER: Yeah. STRUCCI: Are you lying right now? PRESENTER: No! ELLIS: Explain it to him like he’s one of your fans. PRESENTER: Actors… we use the word “truth” in a different way. It’s more like emotional truth than literal truth. Like a philosopher
would say that a statement is true if it corresponds to something in the world, like “Grass
is green” is true because there exists some thing, grass, and it is green. But like,
Hamlet, Hamlet doesn’t exist, right? He’s not real. ELLIS: I’ve seen Hamlet. PRESENTER: You’ve seen the play, but Hamlet
the man doesn’t exist, he’s fictional. When Horatio tells him that he saw the ghost
of his father in Scene II, strictly speaking it’s false: he saw an actor dressed as a
ghost. STRUCCI: Right, but the audience believes it. PRESENTER: No – if the audience really believed they’d seen a ghost then they’d probably run out the theatre. STRUCCI: But the actor believes it? PRESENTER: No, nobody believes it – if the
actor really believed he’d seen a ghost he’d probably forget his lines and run out of the theatre. STRUCCI: So how it is not a lie? PRESENTER: Because it’s emotionally true. ELLIS: What the hell’s that? PRESENTER: It’s…maybe it’s a bad word
for it. An acting performance, we call it “true”
or “grounded” if that’s how the person would behave in those circumstances. Like,
have you ever been to see a show and an actor will do something just really small, like pick up a pencil, or cross the stage and you’ll be like, “Yes! That was it! That was true! That was acting!” because they weren’t trying to make it look like they were picking up a pencil; they were just doing it, for
real, but in pretend circumstances.. STRUCCI: Are you making that text appear at the top of the screen? PRESENTER: Yes, those are my citations. ‘STRUCCI: And that’s truth, is it? That’s
authenticity? Emotional…something? PRESENTER: In acting, yes. STRUCCI: But let’s say that we go to a play,
Ellis and I, and there’s an actor there playing… I don’t know; what’s a role that you’d like to play? PRESENTER: Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar. STRUCCI: There’s an actor there and he’s playing Mark Anthony in Julius Caesar. And I just hate the man. I mean I think he’s terrible. An awful actor. Dead on stage. Nothing going on. But Ellis, you see, Ellis really likes him. Thinks that he’s fantastic. Thinks that it’s really true, really “grounded,” as you say. So which one of us is correct? Is
it true, is it grounded or not? ELLIS: Nice citation. PRESENTER: Well… ELLIS: You’re wasting your time. He’s
gonnae tell us it’s subjective. STRUCCI: Are you? Are you going to tell me that the truth is subjective? That authenticity is subjective? PRESENTER: No. Not exactly. Truth in performance, it’s a relationship between the performer and the audience. If it isn’t working for you, the relationship, for whatever reason – maybe you’re distracted by something in the scene or by your day or you’re just not connecting – then you can’t really check it against anything, it’s not that kind of truth, it’s just not working, it’s just not true for you. ELLIS: True for me? Jesus. Do they dispense
a million best actor Oscars cause there’s are a million subjective interpretations of
truth, or is it just the one? PRESENTER: Well awards for acting don’t always just go to the truest performers, mate. Have you seen that episode of Adam Ruins Everything where he actually explains how Oscar campaigns work? ELLIS: Aye, I have; Adam Conover’s a man
who actually understands the truth. He’s no’ unfortunate lookin’ either. STRUCCI: No, I think I understand. It’s not a lie. It’s a relationship. A shared construction of the truth. PRESENTER: Yes. STRUCCI: So tell me about parasocial relationships. PRESENTER: What about them? STRUCCI: Well they’re your bread and butter, right? A parasocial relationship is one-sided relationship where your fans feel like they know you. Is that real? Is that authentic? Is it true? Is it “grounded?” PRESENTER: I know where you’re going with this. I know that a lot gets written about parasocial relationships/ ELLIS: Don’t try and pre-empt what we’re
getting at. Just answer the questions. STRUCCI: If I were to quit being a police
officer and decide to do what you do how would I go about cultivating a parasocial
relationship with my audience? PRESENTER: I don’t think you should get into it with that goal in mind/ STRUCCI: But that’s where the money comes from, isn’t it? PRESENTER: No. STRUCCI: Isn’t it? Let’s talk about your
cosmonaut video. You made this video – ELLIS: (Oh my god, you can make it appear in a frame, that’s so cool.) STRUCCI: And in it you talked about your mental health. PRESENTER: Yeah. STRUCCI: And your main source of income is crowdfunding, right? Through this website, Patreon? PRESENTER: Yeah. STRUCCI: And what happened to your Patreon
after that video came out? PRESENTER: It went up. STRUCCI: By how much? PRESENTER: I don’t know. STRUCCI: What do you mean you don’t know? You don’t know how much money you’re making? PRESENTER: I don’t know exactly how much it went up. It tends to fluctuate and go up a little bit after all the videos that I make. I mean it took a jump after that one yeah. I worked really hard on it and it was something that nobody had
really done before, and people really connected with it/ STRUCCI: You revealed a lot of personal information in that video. And that cultivates a parasocial relationship, doesn’t it? Where your fans feel like they know you. “Through your videos, I feel like I know you. I feel like you’re a friend of mine.” Does that strike you as exploitative? PRESENTER: No! STRUCCI: No? PRESENTER: No! Do they not know me? In a way? All the stuff i said in that video was true, they have knowledge of me? STRUCCI: This section of the video here, where you talk about some of the really personal things, how many takes of that section did you do? PRESENTER: …Six. STRUCCI: Six… And this bit here, the final
emotional send-off that so many of your fans said resonated especially with them.
How many takes of that? PRESENTER: …Eight. STRUCCI: Eight takes… How was that? PRESENTER: It was Hell. STRUCCI: Is that acting? PRESENTER: I know what you’re getting
at. To you, “acting” means that it’s fake. It’s not fake. Everything I said was true. STRUCCI: Really true or emotionally true? PRESENTER: Both, actually. To be clear: all
the events I described in that video really happened and those were my real feelings in
the moment I described them. STRUCCI: But you described them eight times. How you can be emotionally authentic every time you describe it? PRESENTER: Well that’s my job. I mean haven’t
you ever told the same funny story to a group of friends once and then again another time to a different group of friends and you’ve laughed both times? STRUCCI: I don’t have any funny stories. ELLIS: He doesn’t have any friends. PRESENTER: Well… it’s the same principle. And it helped that I wrote that video, too. STRUCCI: You scripted this video? PRESENTER: Yeah, loosely. I knew there were
things I wanted to say in that bit. STRUCCI: And you edited that footage. PRESENTER: Yes, I did: it’s a video. STRUCCI: So, there are some things that you chose
not to tell your audience? PRESENTER: Y-Yes? STRUCCI: To conceal? PRESENTER: “Conceal” implies a particular motive. There were bits that I cut and details that I didn’t go in to/ STRUCCI: What did you cut? PRESENTER: Uh, there was a whole paragraph about my favourite book that I cut and how it helps me when I’m feeling down. STRUCCI: Why did you edit that out? PRESENTER: It just… the video, it made it… I mean it wasn’t even that it was too long, it just made that section of it feel like it was dragging? It was just a bit bloated. It just aesthetically wasn’t as good. STRUCCI: So you sacrificed the complete truth
for the aesthetic? PRESENTER: I didn’t sacrifice the truth: it’s not like anybody came to a false conclusion because I cut that bit of the video for time? STRUCCI: Well then let’s take another example. Do you remember this video, the one you made on Security and Policing? PRESENTER: I do. STRUCCI: You did a cute little video blogging
thing. Filmed yourself on a trip to America. PRESENTER: That’s right. STRUCCI: So this clip is from the end of that
video, where you’re in the United States. And this clip is from the middle, where you’re in
Iceland. And do you want to know what I notice? Your hair has changed. It’s grown. ELLIS: He’s got a little smudge of makeup on his shoulder there too. STRUCCI: Yes, ironically that concealer is
somewhat revealing. But that’s not what I’m interested in right now: these weren’t
filmed on the same day, were they? PRESENTER: No. I wanted to film in three places: in Gatwick, in Iceland, and in the US but when I got the US on the way out I got held up in passport control and I didn’t have time to vlog so when I went back to the UK 10 days later again I changed into the same clothes that I was wearing on the way out and I filmed the final bit of the video then. So that’s why my hair has grown, because there’s actually ten days between those two bits. STRUCCI: But any casual viewer would cometo the false conclusion that this was all one trip! PRESENTER:I don’t wanna be like, “So what?” but I mean like… yeah, I had to make the video that way because of circumstances
beyond my control and it didn’t really impact the message of the video. The ideas
are the same. STRUCCI: So now the truth doesn’t matter? PRESENTER: That’s a very loaded way of
saying it. I think in this specific case it doesn’t really matter whether somebody thinks that’s one continuous journey or not. Aesthetically it’s just better for it to look that way, but I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything underneath that: the appearance, the aesthetic, it informs the ideas but it doesn’t distort them. Like I colour grade my footage, okay, this
right now, this is not how we really look. And we’re all wearing makeup. But that’s not inauthentic, it’s not gonna convince anyone of anything that they wouldn’t believe if they knew otherwise, it’s just aesthetically better. STRUCCI: Well that’s very subjective, isn’t
it. You have one relationship to this media; you draw one conclusion. We might draw another. ELLIS: Death of the author. STRUCCI: The parasocial relationship itself
isn’t what bothers us. It strikes me that yours isn’t the only industry where that
goes on: radio, TV, politics, even. But the question is are you being authentic? PRESENTER: Well I don’t think I’m being
deceptive, but when you’re assessing a work of art for truth, whether emotional or otherwise, it’s not just about that: it can also be about how much pleasure somebody takes in viewing it. And that can be the key that makes them curious about the rest. ELLIS: We’re not really bothered about your
theories of art, here, matey. We’re here about the truth. PRESENTER: Well I don’t know what to tell
you except that if you go looking for truth in a work of art you might find it but you’ll also be missing out on the rest. STRUCCI: But if a parasocial relationship
isn’t built on the complete truth/ PRESENTER: Well, what’s your definition
of “complete” there? Even if I stick only to what you consider to be a relevant criterion of truth, I still couldn’t include every little thing. STRUCCI: I’m just saying; if… if it’s a one-way street/ PRESENTER: Do you think parasocial relationships only form one way? Do you think all that stuff that you’ve got there – the fan art, the emails, the stories – do you think that just means nothing to me? That stuff means the world to me! Genuinely! I sit down and I read the comments and the fan mail every morning. Still, after six years, I sit down and I read it. Because that stuff – that’s part of why I love my job! I feel like I connect to people through that. And if I feel like I’m connecting to them isn’t that a kind of parasocial relationship? And if that’s the case then isn’t it not really a parasocial relationship but a social one; just technologically mediated? ELLIS: Let me take a crack at him. STRUCCI: Be my guest. ELLIS: D’y’ever get tired of it? PRESENTER: What? ELLIS: This whole YouTube schtick. D’y’ever get sick of it? PRESENTER: Honestly? ELLIS: Aye. Man to man. PRESENTER: Honestly… no. I really like it. It’s an amazing job and I love what I do. I mean I do have it easier than most just cause I’m white and a man; I get death threats and stuff but nowhere near what some of my friends get. ELLIS: Aye but in all your videos you’re
generally pretty happy, right? Pretty positive? PRESENTER: Yeah. ELLIS: “Non threatening young professional.” PRESENTER: Yeah, that’s what I go for. ELLIS: So do you know what “emotional labour” is? PRESENTER: No? ELLIS: It’s… managing how you express your emotions so as you can keep doing your job. For instance, right now I’m having to do a lot of emotional labour to keep my anger in check, cause otherwise I’d lean across
this table and tear your f**king liver out with my teeth. Don’t you f**king censor
me you fak! Let me tell you, this emotional labour, the effort I have to put in just to keep myself from tearing you a-faking-sunder is exhausting. I honestly don’t think I
can keep it up forever. So. When you’re happy and positive
in your little videos, are you that positive in real life? Like this one. The one on transphobia. That shot right there – when did you film that? PRESENTER: I think I filmed that on the same
day as the cosmonaut one. ELLIS: So there, in that shot, you’re
having to be positive? To be professional? But you filmed that on the same day as this.
So don’t you find that tiring? The emotional labour? Wouldn’t you rather drop the charade? PRESENTER: In moments like that, it’s difficult yeah. Looking at that footage I can tell that my mind is elsewhere. But generally speaking, the rest of the time, it’s not a charade. ELLIS: Come again? PRESENTER: I mean maybe this is just because emotional labour is my job, and I was trained to do it, even though as a man I’m
socialised to do it less, but I genuinely find it uplifting. And yeah I’m a little bit more, sortof positive and “on it” in my videos than I am in real life but that’s
not faking. It’s just being different. It’s just truth in different circumstances. And that actually helps me feel more positive the rest of the time. ELLIS: Like you become the mask? PRESENTER: No, cause it’s not a mask.
Like I said, it’s just truth in different circumstances. It’s not fake it till you
make it – live one way and then the inner mystical core will somehow align to match that – it’s just live that way and that is all. ELLIS: …Damn. ELLIS: You really faking like the smell of
your own farts, don’t ye? ELLIS: I think that’s faking perverse.
Reprehensible. It’s semantic buellshit and the way you use it to minimise the actual
suffering of people who do emotional labour you can’t even faking understand makes
me physically sick. “Live as one thing and that’s all?” what about people who want
to live as one thing, but they can’t cause society won’t faking let them? The sheer faking ease with
which you assume a persona and count on the fact that other people will socially recognise
it and validate you is disgusting to me! Whatever faking theory you’re advancing here, whether
as a criterion for judging art or some kind of faked up guide to living, is practically speaking not available to most human beings, most of whom have actual expectations placed on them
for how they can faking behave before their identity, sometimes their faking humanity, is called
into faking question! Could you honestly sit there and talk about how you’re not
estranged from your performance of yourself if you were a woman? If you were black? Or gay? Or trans-fakin-gender?! PRESENTER: I’ll admit I can’t say anything about that. ELLIS: Oh that’s a faking first. PRESENTER: But my point is that when it comes to making art, or even just, y’know, #Content, pain isn’t the only kind of authenticity. You’ve
been reading too much Nietzsche, Detective. ELLIS: It’s Detective Sergeant, you fak. PRESENTER: Sorry… I mean, you know, there
are some downsides. ELLIS: Awww, aye? PRESENTER: The non-emotional labour is pretty intensive. I work pretty flat out. At the moment I make one video every two weeks and that’s about as much as I can do. I’m thinking about going down to doing one video a month in the New Year. Let me know what you think about that by the way. ELLIS: You don’t get to faking talk to
them until you’re done talking wiy us! PRESENTER: Okay. ELLIS: What else? C’mon. PRESENTER: Now that I’ve reached a certain level with other YouTubers who are creaing awesome stuff there’s the anxiety and the, the…jealousy, I guess, that comes with seeing them succeed? But that’s just something I have to work on in myself. There’s the anxiety of coming up with ideas for stuff, I guess. Having something that I’m really proud of and invested in versus just having something out that will pay the bills. But thats just being creative under capitalism. ELLIS: Scusemefukinwhat? STRUCCI: You have to understand; we’re police officers. When people threaten capitalism we beat the shit out of them, that’s our job. ELLIS: It’s a job for you; for me it’s a fakin passion. PRESENTER: Noted. ELLIS: You’re sick. PRESENTER: Okay? Have you got any other theories
of truth that you wanna beat me over the head with? We’ve established that art isn’t about
literal truth, and it’s not about being truly miserable so… have you got anything else? Is there anything specific you wanna charge me with?STRUCCI: Tag in. ELLIS: Go for it. STRUCCI: I want to circle back to this idea
of wanting your audience to take pleasure in viewing something. You didn’t always
approach making videos like art, did you? You used to make small lectures, basically. PRESENTER: There’s always been an element of something extra in them. I made this video with costumes
and characters in it in 2014, it was my first
year of YouTube. STRUCCI: But you’ve definitely upped the
“artistic” content in the last few months. PRESENTER: Yeah. STRUCCI: But don’t you see that by using
these devices you are being inauthentic? Like by using characters. There’s a clear line between
a character that somebody plays and their true self. PRESENTER: Not always. I mean we’re back to this again – when you play a character when you really play them like an actor does, that’s not someone totally alien to you. That’s you in different circumstances. Like when I played Hamlet in that video about suicide, that hurt, it really hurt, not cause although Hamlet is real, cause he’s not, but because in that moment I understood how he was supposed to feel. That wasn’t Hamlet, that was just me really feeling like that. And a character can’t be a vessel for feelings that you just wanna disown and write off. When I am more positive and upbeat for a video,
that’s not fake, usually, – that’s just me really being positive. And then that’s the amazing
thing about performing for a living actually, and about philosophy: I get to inhabit other points of view, sometimes contradictory point of view and explore them. And then those explorations inform who I become. STRUCCI: But if that’s true then this whole investigation into authenticity is going up a blind alley. PRESENTER: You said it; not me! STRUCCI: Are you denying that parasocial relationships
can be exploitative or that authenticity can be manufactured for profit?! PRESENTER: No! Just that authenticity is a
weird criterion. Precisely because it can be manufactured for profit, and
precisely because maintaining the appearance of it can be damaging, but also because philosophically it’s just a very fraught criterion on which to assess a performance. STUCCI: Do you think YouTube videos are performances? PRESENTER: Some of them. But that’s not “performances” in contrast to “real,” that’s one kind of performance in a lifetime of hyperreal performances – copies without an original.
That aren’t like somebody putting on a mask but that actually inform the person being
them. “All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players.”OLLY: Sweet. How did it sound? There was a bit on the previous page that I thought we might have cut up. A little bit. Did I – did I step on his toes at any point or are we good? TIM: No.
OLLY: Sweet
BEN: Pretty clean I think. OLLY: Fantastic. All right. In that case I think we –OLLY: I think we’re good. Right. Nice one. I can throw these out. Okie dokie – what time are we on? BEN: What’s the time? OLLY: Time of… the time is, eleven minutes past five. What time do you guys have to close up?OLLY, SINGING: “I’ve been walking in my sleep,
I’ve been walking in my sleep. I’ve been using both my legs but they don’t belong to me!
(Don’t belong to me.) Shiny people on the street, but I just can’t relate.
(I just can’t relate.) No it doesn’t mean a thing, watch it all just float away. Am I awake? If I’ve been dreaming all my life,
don’t let me know.
This isn’t really happening! Sleepwalking away, cause I’m dreaming. Sleepwalking away, cause I’m dreaming.I’ve been talking in my sleep,
I’ve been talking in my sleep… Like a record in reverse,
Telling secrets I should keep. All these words they come out wrong,
At least that’s the way it seems… See I’ve been using the word ‘love’
But I don’t know what it means… Am I awake? If I’ve been dreaming all my life,
Don’t let me know. This isn’t real,
It only feels that way to me from time to time. Is t h i s r e a l l y h a p p e n i n g ?Sleepwalking away, cause I’m dreaming. Sleepwalking away cause I’m dreaming. Sleepwalking away, cause I’m dre-eam-ing! Sleepwalking away cause I’m dreaming…


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  • Nathaniel West

    I feel lost always. Inauthentic, dull, and pointless. I humble myself on purpose. I feel like that's good. I'm am artist, I should feel proud of it but I dont. I've been drinking a lot. I dont want to but I do. I… i dont know. I dont know what to do. I dont know how to get better. I've been depressed for so long it seems normal. Hell i was just with my girlfriends family and the entire family wanted to play a game together, it was wholesome, and it was lovely. They wanted me to be a part of it but i never knew how a family should behave. It seemed foreign. I went and hid, made an excuse that I was tired and needed tea. I desperately wanted to be a part of it but I did not know how to act.

  • katherine lambert

    I discovered your channel a couple of days ago, now I’m on a binge. Your videos are great and entertaining please keep up the good work

  • Sam Button

    I fookin love this scottish accent

  • Chillin Gate

    I love how when you get to the root of it, its just oli reasoning with his inner doubts but personified. its great

  • John Rich

    Oliver Thorn is an alias?! 🤯
    I mean I dig it but still surprised

  • ManyMonsters Media

    such a good sof boi

  • Micah Mosse

    This is so interesting to me. I'm autistic, and one way that this presents is that I tend to "perform" for neurotypicals. I do this so that I can properly communicate my affection, excitement, etc And there is a fine line to walk when you're performing for an audience that doesn't understand that you're performing. But that doesn't mean that my excitement or my affection is any less real or authentic. I just won't flap my hands or bump my head on your shoulder if I don't think that that will properly communicate on your level.

  • Eat the Rich

    So fake. There aren't three people in the room, he just edited it to look that way!

  • Green Carnations

    Lol. Between the fourth wall breaking and the guy in the doorway, this video is really funny.

  • ManyMonsters Media

    Olly feels guilty for being successful from vulnerability: better make a video about this!

  • Grimm

    That comment from the cops on defending capatalism freaking got me. It was so dang good.

  • TheCNRProject

    First time I’ve watched this and already one of my faves of yours! Funny and clever and great to watch with Lindsay Ellis’ take on authenticity.

  • Alex P.

    Do what you need to do to take care of yourself Olly. We can wait <3

  • Rose the Forest Elf

    For me, it's kind of like life is a performance. I was born with autism spectrum disorder, so communication never came naturally for me. As a teenager, I learned how to act as if I knew how to act. And now I've come to the point where most of the time, that goes automatically. I still think a lot about how I present myself though. I think about how I want people to see me, and try to dress and act that way.

    Which may not seem very genuine but I don't think that's the case. I care a great deal about presenting myself in a way that I feel I am.

    And this especially shows in the way I use social media. I am a crochet designer and a musician and I like to comment on other people's art to kind of put myself out there, and possibly gain some followers. I use emojis and am very cheerful in the comments on Instagram. Which may also seem less than genuine but to me, that's genuinely how I feel. And because of my autism, it's very hard to express how I genuinely feel without putting up an act.

    People sometimes think that autistic people don't feel as much. But that's not true. We feel a lot. But we tend to become very introspective, rather than expressing our emotions outwardly.

    So yeah, I honestly don't have a clue where in going with this. I just wanted to share some of my thoughts I suppose.

    Also, I get you with being a creator under capitalism. I personally buy all of my clothes second hand, and I doubt like the mass production of clothes when there's already enough. But I'm trying to make a living designing and making clothes >.<
    Ah well, at least what I make will be high quality unlike mass produced crap.

    Love your videos, you always give me something to think about, and it's nice to listen to while doing crochet ❤🌹

  • J Cs

    This is the best thing. like in general.
    This is my favorite thing out of all the things that exist.

  • Happy ClamGuy

    Jesus Christ Olly….your videos are literally f*cking brilliant. You've also rekindled my love of the theater :3

  • Valerie D

    I like that fella with the eyepatch. The others not so much

  • Jay The Brave

    The end is awfully Brechtian


    i love the scottish guy & i want him to be my daddy

  • Claudia

    Watching your videos mildly stoned is the absolute best, my mind is fk blown every singly time. Also the wink at the end killed me.

  • Jump Crouch

    You look like Big Boss with the eye patch.

  • Alon Shechter

    There's something incomplete in seeing you defeat your own arguments written by you against yourself. I would like to see the same themes explored without the inherent bias at play when you build an argument that you intend to dismantle in the first place. Great video nonetheless!

  • Artie person guy

    Different pronunciations of charade, nice touch!

  • Artie person guy

    Why do I like the cops so much? They're scary AF!

  • hosamosapien Hossam

    Hi im from Egypt i want to say you help me a lot and help me to think and i love your work
    my typing is bit weird that because english is not my first lang

  • Simon Taeter

    Really smart writing! gg

  • Fabelaz Nyan

    You know, what? Now that I know you had problems at the american airport, it actually adds to the video, so your decision to have a certain style it… it made video lesser for me.

  • white rhino

    excellent loved this video really well thought out

  • rickenbacker40011

    I think a good way to sum acting, is you are portraying a set of truths in a curated world with the ultimate goal of emotional ressonance

  • poofballoon TM

    I hate it when Olly winks because I melt every time and I don't have time for these butterflies

  • playdude92

    "This isn´t real. It only feels that way to me from time to time." Damn, I get it. That´s like my routine as well 😉

    Went through all your episodes. This is maybe my favorite one.

  • Eva that bitch

    T r a n s f u c k i n g g e n d e r

  • firudu

    Olly now has a 26.7% chance of being reported as a domestic abuser ((40+40+0)/3)

  • MdeR Nier

    I love your videos, and I want more than 1 per month. but also that could just be me being greedy. don't burn yourself out and take as long as you/your video needs

  • Ax A

    Lies and fiction are on a spectrum of people telling narratives to one another. To me, they feels like elements in a continous falsehood of living.

    Derealization makes my setting a delusion. Depersonalization makes my character (identity) a hallucination. Do I exist? Am I live at all?

    I suspect I'm dead. I feel nothing, I can affect nothing in my interactions, everything is hollow. I must be dead-dreaming of the profane parody of living. I'm dead and in hell, a hell of repetitive mimicry of living.

  • dafnesway

    Did you perform the part where you stopped performing? 😂

  • dafnesway

    You make me want to pick up acting.

  • Валентин Гацко

    where can I ask some questions to Oliver, like how to select relevant literature on topic and where he usually get his? do i need to be a patreon subscriber? maybe he already answered some similar stuff on streams?

  • Nori Ringtail

    I found the whole performance entertaining, but the "don't you f*****g censor me, you FUCK." bit genuinely got a reaction out of me. That's when it started feeling affective and meta.

  • Adam West

    I think the problem is that art feel uncomfortable when viewed like this. Like when your a kid and the first time you realize all the people are actors, and the story isnt real. With YouTube thats a much harder distinction because creators feel so real.

  • Adam Filinovich

    Just out of curiousity, how much of that end scene was scripted?

  • Gnupfo ​

    I have the best parasocial relationship with you.

  • Ada Sevimli

    Olly, I am so glad I found you, watching your videos make my day, as a philosophy phd candidate, I admire and respect you very much, you inspire me and your diligence and dedication to what you do never ceases to surprise impress me. I wish you all the best

  • QuartuvLarry

    If art has to be censored, then it’s not art. Period.

  • AttackingTucans

    Wow. This was so amazing for me to watch! As a Youtuber who's been making commentary videos for almost 10 years, I've always had a very close connection with my audience. I talk about a lot of my personal feelings, thoughts, ideas, philosophies, emotions, etc. I've been doing this since I was 16 and have thought a lot about the process and it's cool to watch a video that resonated with so many of the things I've had to go through. Things like recognizing the types of relationships I have with people who watch my content, the version of yourself you present to the world compared to who you are when you aren't recording, and the idea of whether I'm a content creator or a social media influencer.

    I love how you suggested you don't like to call yourself an influencer, when in reality, you probably have a much larger influence on your audience than a lot of other youtubers have with theirs. A lot of the time, I think the people calling themselves influencers so boldly are the ones who probably have the least.

    On top of that, all the symbolism and tiny jokes you fit into this video really inspired me. You've shown me a new level of detail that can be added to a Youtube video that can make it that much more appreciable.

    Thanks for creating this video, it really hit home with me. ❤

  • Martin Sørensen

    This is the weirdest orange is the new black meets Fifty Shades of Grey video. I like it.
    Btw I love your small social commentary shots at society and the state of discourse through social media you take. Mr White man. Seriously, kudos. And a high-five.

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  • Greg the Louisvillain

    Never talk to the police. EVER.

    Tell them you want a lawyer.

  • Cat Face

    Lol. Your videos crack me up.

  • Pamela Westphal

    Olly: makes a noir style film with meta commentary

    Me: I'm available Thursday or Friday

  • Fanboyistransboy

    I like when the sun glasses dude said that he “identifies as detective streuchi” and you told him to stop. It kind of meant a lot to me. Like in a weirdly important way

  • Tony Campbell

    Not for the first time, I think to myself that Zoe Blade is the dark horse MVC (most valuable comrade) award candidate.

    Relentless excellence. Just phenomenal work, all over the place.

  • Erin Armstrong

    Why is no one talking about detective Sargent Ellis’ crush on Adam Conover???

  • TreeHairedGingerAle

    An acquaintance helped me crack this a bit in a way that was very useful to me as a neurodivergent person.

    The English language (as beautiful as it is), is extremely bad at providing us with enough words to describe both emotions, and interpersonal relationships. Kind of like your 'Love' example: the word can be said by fifteen different people in fifteen different scenarios, and the intent and emotion of the speaker, and the implications that match, will be unique each time.

    AND, not having enough words to describe those differing intents and scenarios can mean that people, if they are inexperienced, wired differently neurologically, or otherwise unskilled socially, will wind up Conflating one social reality with another; even if they are being very careful. Conflating having mutual knowledge, and being actually familiar.

    He put it this way: Having knowledge of one another is one thing. But there is a difference between having knowledge, and having an honest-to-goodness and regular *connection*.

    The authenticity of Self isn't really the point, on either end. It's the authenticity of connection that gets mixed up when we deal with parasocial relationships.

  • lily kefaladelis

    arrested for youtube crimes

  • Eric Dees

    "And how many takes of that section did you do?"
    A very self aware, authentic (irony not lost) exploration of the internal conflict between being authentic in your representation, or the representation being authentic.
    I feel we all wrestle with this, the struggle between feeling what we show, and showing what we feel, and more complicated yet, the mismatch between each presentation we try to give. The yearning to have people understand us, and the incongruity we exhibit as humans sometimes, when we accidentally, inaccurately portray our innermost selves.

    Very well done, bravo.

  • Nessas Nerditorium

    That Adam Ruins Everything video was awesome and enlightening. I'm thoughtfully considering starting a media company and it definitely gave me some contrast to think about in terms of money vs. art for art's sake. Obviously I'd like to grow it and would need a "budget" but ultimately I wouldn't want the need/want of money to supercede my desire to just have fun making art that's simultaneously insightful, funny and/or entertaining. Essentially I'm going to avoid the potentially capitalistic extremes of the Hollywood type structure. I've always sort of had an interest in film, comedy and storytelling in general. I grew up like a hermit in my room watching movies, docs and behind the scenes stuff lol And I took broadcasting in highschool which was extremely fun to me but we didn't get to do much in the way of more creative storytelling. It was just school radio/news. I loved the Halloween special though. That was my shit! Haha I played a dead girl very well if I do say so myself.

    TL;DR Adam's video was truthfully entertaining lol

    Great video on YouTube btw. To me art imitates life and vice versa. They don't have to be mutually exclusive. It's just simply how all of us as human beings figure out this human thing. Lmao That's the beauty of YouTube. It's our way of making sense of ourselves and each other and, for better or worse, it's the most direct of all of the mediums of expressing art, stories and ideas. Because buying a TV channel or airtime is expensive! Lmfao! Gotta love YouTube and the internet! 😉 It can be a great resource for sure.

  • Demiurge Shadow

    Fucking honest and raw introspection on the screen in an engaging way. Good video.

  • Demiurge Shadow

    22:00 made me laugh even though it shouldnt.


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