Pop Star YouTuber Captures The Hell That Is Being Online

Source: That Poppy/Titanic Sinclair

One YouTube pop star has created a catalogue of every single YouTube video possible, and now you never have to go online again.

That Poppy is a project created by director Titanic Sinclair. That Poppy is a pop star and a YouTuber with a channel deliberately unlike other singers of her genre. Instead of saccharine, over-earnest confessions of how much she loves her fans, Poppy stares, dead-eyed, into the middle distance, often repeating a single phrase until it loses all meaning.

In a way, she's made every YouTube video, ever. Her channel is an index of every insincere apology, desperate bid for views and assurance that they couldn't do it without her fans you'll ever see. That Poppy is not only skewering the absurdity of people who make a living as public figures on the internet -- she has it out for the entire experience of being online.

If you look hard enough on Twitter you'll find an example of every single way to be mad online, but That Poppy gives us a better look at all the other ways we behave on the internet.

That Poppy's channel provides a guideline for how YouTubers act, and then how their public reacts to that. Here's some extremely specific internet emotions and experiences That Poppy has distilled.

Hey guys:

That very sincere and not at all fake feeling of when you just really love your fans:

When you fucked up and should apologise, but also really do not believe you should have to:

When being online feels like a crushing weight on your chest, but you won't log off:

When you have nothing to say but are compelled to speak anyway:

As strangers online give you validation for things you do, you must deliver them a moment of recognition, because it is important that they don't stop validating you:

A new video from your favourite YouTuber feels like a potent hit of dopamine:

Your views have plateaued:

Despite everything, you feel incomplete:


    I was put on to Poppy at the start of the year. Those videos are easy rabbit hole fodder. It's like Titanic Sinclair had the Wikipedia articles for "They Live", "David Lynch" and "Britney Spears" open at once and decided that was what the world needed.

      I freaking love Poppy. I think? Also, some of her music is pretty kick-ass. In trying to lampoon the pop music industry, she and her writers probably created the single best pop song in forever. Not ashamed to admit I blasted this one on repeat for aaaaaaagggeeeess...


      Really love the Lynch-style droning she has in the backgrounds of her videos. A collection of them was released as an album too - under the regular Poppy brand. Kinda nuts, but really neat.

        Poppy, for me at least sits in a weird place for me. She is super creepy, has catchy music and some of her videos are super stressful with how they... bore in to your soul? Yeah thats the best way to discribe it right now. Honestly it's an indescribable oddity when watching her sometimes like shes... nah, I just can't... My comprehention level hasn't reached that point yet I think :p

    I played all those at the same time. At first it was stroke inducing, then as the last messages played out it just got a little sad..........

    That voice was terribly grating on my ears and watching the first three I still don't really understand the concept or how they're meant to captivate the audience. To each their own I guess.

    How have I gone so long without knowing about this? It's like every vision I have of the future made real. A world in which banaal and meaningless phrases are repeated endlessly by an innocent character on screens that pervade every aspect of our lives while a slow progressive chord drones in the background, steeped in subliminal suggestion.

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