Friday, April 24, 2009

Transparency is Bunk (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought)

Transparency is Bunk (Aaron Swartz's Raw Thought):

"So government transparency sites end up having three possible effects. The vast majority of them simply promote these official cover stories, misleading the public about what’s really going on. The unusually cutting ones simply make plain the mindnumbing universality of waste and corruption, and thus promote apathy. And on very rare occasions you have a “success”: an extreme case is located through your work, brought to justice, and then everyone goes home thinking the problem has been solved, as the real corruption continues on as before.

In short, the generous impulses behind transparency sites end up doing more harm than good."

Read the rest of the article...transparency is good but it's useless without real journalism!

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