"Truthiness" and the Seeming Truth of Wilyonaryo
Truthiness is “What I say is right, and nothing anyone else says could possibly be true.” It’s not only that I feel it to be true, but that I feel it to be true. There’s not only an emotional quality, but there’s a selfish quality.
– Stephen Colbert
Empirical reality is overrated. Santa Claus exists, because kids feel him on Christmas Eve. Elvis didn’t die, because we feel his presence. It’s not knowing, but feeling. Thank you, Stephen Colbert.
The talk of the Philippine entertainment blogosphere these days is the “Wilyonaryo scam:” in a YouTube video, it seems that the wheel in “Wilyonaryo” has two numbers in it. Which means two things, if you asked me:
It seems that Willie Revillame cheats his contestants, and;
- It seems that this particular video is the most-watched YouTube video in the Philippines today.
Of course, Joey de Leon is pointing to YouTube to be the source of all truth and the font of all knowledge, as far as the “Wilyonaryo scam” is concerned. As it seems, you can – if not should – believe everything you see in the Internet. After all, if it’s in YouTube, it must be true.
There’s nothing wrong with this picture, ladies and gentlemen. You don’t have to actually know the truth: following the doctrine of truthiness, you need only to feel the truth. If it seems to be true, then it must be true. The question here is not a question of being, but a question of seeming. Seeming is believing, guys.
Now because it seems that you can’t edit a video and post it on YouTube, everything about “Wilyonaryo” – or cats playing piano – must hold true. Yes, Willie cheats, and all cats play piano. If you see it on YouTube – and if Joey de Leon refers to that on TV – then it must be true. It doesn’t have to be true, either: it only needs to be truthy.
Because everything is truthiness, we only need to feel the truth about things, regardless of whether or not they are true. Like, if I feel that Gloria Arroyo cheated or if Erap Estrada plundered the public coffers, it has to be true. The Senate need not launch full-blown investigations on whether or not Willie Revillame cheated in “Wilyonaryo” because it seems like he cheated. Seeming is believing.
Yup, it’s all about one thing: truthiness. It only has to feel like cheating.