Everyone Will Be Famous

In honor of the SciFi comedy FUTURE ’38, which screens Wednesday, May 17 at Flix Brewhouse, the OWA staff is creating a Time Capsule to be opened in 80 years. 

FUTURE ’38 is a Technicolor valentine to the classic screwball comedies of the 1930s and ‘40s, with a SciFi twist. It’s a time-travel adventure which presents the exotic future-world of 2018 A.D., as imagined by the filmmakers of 1938! 

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The OWA Time Capsule is designed to represent the most significant artifacts from our era and to explain to the people of 2097 what we were all about and, frankly, what was wrong with us.


Time Capsule Top 5: Everyone Will Be Famous

In recent years, the internet has allowed a new type of interaction between humans to develop: Social Media. The creation of the “World Wide Web” has led to many great things. One of them is the ability to almost instantaneously communicate through word, picture, and sound with anyone who has access to a device that supports social media. With the click of a button, previously unknown individuals have the ability to send things out for the world to see… the whole world.

In theory, this might seem like a revolutionary idea where people with brilliant ideas and talents are able to share them with their fellow mankind. The thought of being able to go from complete obscurity to possibly affecting the entire planet and all of humanity is mind boggling. Like, I said before, in theory… But, as we humans are prone to do, this great “gift” has largely been used for something besides advancing the human race… getting famous… even if only for a brief time.

My contribution to the time capsule is five examples of “viral videos.” A viral video is any clip of animation or film that is spread rapidly through online sharing. Viral videos can receive millions of views as they are shared on social media sites, reposted to blogs, shared through e-mails, and so on. What exactly makes a video go “viral?” Honestly, it’s still a mystery. Hopefully, one that future science can solve. 

Chewbacca Mask Lady: One of the more recent viral sensations, this is a video of an extremely excited woman, named Candace Payne, wearing a Chewbacca mask that she has bought for her children. Since it was posted on 19 May 2016, it has become the most viewed Facebook Live video of all time with over 140 million views.

"Cash Me Ousside Howbow Dah": On September 14, 2016, 13-year-old Danielle Bregoli and her mother Barbara Ann were interviewed on the Dr. Phil Show for the segment "I Want To Give Up My Car-Stealing, Knife-Wielding, Twerking 13-Year-Old Daughter Who Tried To Frame Me For A Crime" to discuss Danielle's behavior, which included stealing a crew member’s car while the episode was being filmed. When Danielle became irritated at the audience laughing at her, she said "And all these hoes laughing like something funny". When Dr. Phil asked her if the audience were "a bunch of hoes", she said yes and "Catch me outside how about that,” her pronunciation of which became a viral Internet meme "Cash Me Ousside Howbow Dah.” Danielle has gained quite a bit of “celebrity” from the video of the TV show appearance going “viral.” 

Keyboard Cat: One cat, one keyboard…. enough said. 

David After The Dentist: A video of 7-year old David DeVore Jr. became an internet sensation when David DeVore Jr.'s father posted a video on the Internet of his reaction to anesthesia after he had oral surgery. As of December, 2016[update], it has been viewed over 134 million times on YouTube.

Double Rainbow: One of the “classics," it was filmed by Paul "Bear" Vasquez. The clip, filmed in his front yard just outside Yosemite National Park shows Paul’s ecstatic reaction to a “Double Rainbow” which he described as the "Eye of God". As of July 2016 [update], the 53-year-old farmer's video has accumulated more than 43.2 million views on YouTube.

These videos, along with many others, have caught the attention of the public for one reason or another. All involved have gained at least some level of celebrity, though in most cases it has been temporary. We shall see, in the future, if the popularity of these types of videos is as fleeting as the videos themselves.