Sharing excerpts of @marocharim's well-written piece on the Aquino-Cojuangco viral video…
I firmly believe that the wrong solutions to the wrong problems find their roots in a wrong sense of history. A wrong sense of history leads to wrong perspectives, in turn creating wrong analysis, which leads to the wrong methods to achieve the wrong goals. Worse, a wrong sense of history is, for all intents and purposes, a wrong sense of truth.
Note that I’m talking about senses and not sides: to say “side” would mean entertaining untruth into the way we view ourselves (which is really what history essentially is: to recognize truth). Which is why I’m writing this post as meaningful filler: when and how we tell the story of our nation is to tell – so to speak – the story of us. While the function of something like, say, social media is to grant us the right to say something, the function of history is to grant us the wisdom and perspective to understand.
When social media functions as a historical resource, it should share history. Truth, for that matter.
The video is entitled, “AQUINO COJUANGCO: FACTS THEY DONT WANT YOU TO KNOW HD.” To state that word – “Fact” – must assume that everything in the video is true and contextual. To say that there is no modicum of truth in the video would be unfair, but to say that the cherries from pickin’ season (no innuendo intended) would make up the entire cherry tree would be too much. Instead, we have a medley of “blame Aquino” problems and a backmasked jingle to simplify our view of history.
The fact that the video is untrue brings our history to imbalance, and along with it our identity, our connection with our past, and our visions of the future. The fact that the video has less historical rigor than expected and demanded should have consequences in the way we see ourselves, and effects in how we build our nation. Oh, how easy it would be to divide the world between “evil oligarchs” and “good intellectuals.” The world is more complex – much more complex – than that.
Emphasis mine. To read the whole commentary, do click the link.
What irks me with that video is not that it attacked the president, his family or how they have dealt with the landless farmers in their ancestral hacienda. What irks me is how it masqueraded circumstantial bits and pieces as historical fact.
And what adds insult to the injury, is how many of the the country’s younger generation quickly threw away their understanding of history (or the lack thereof), and how they gobble up and distribute the video as if it were manna from heaven.
If only more of the country’s “educated” younger generation find time to read real history books, they would not easily succumb to the fantasies of a well-funded and tech-savvy conspiracy theorist.
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