Transparency is an over-hyped concept for the politically naive … Edward Snowden. Bradley Manning. Net neutrality supporters. You are young and stupid. Your “share everything on Facebook” view of the world is introverted and unrealistic. Unfortunately we have a bunch of progressives in Washington, led by President Obama, who have been using the word, transparency, like it’s the “holy” grail.
For anyone who has worked in government, on any level, we’ll be the first to tell you that transparency, seeing how the sausage is made, is something you don’t want to see, and quite frankly won’t make a bit of difference in how you feed and clothe your kids.
Openness and transparency, particularly in government, are just the “doggy bones” that are offered to you to make you feel that you are a part of a process designed to distract you from the true and only relevant means of accumulation of political and economic power, not only in this country, but in any society.
The only transparency we should be concerned with are the transparencies we need in the markets. Getting to know both sides of a trade to the best of our knowledge so that we make the best choices possible for the leveraging of our resources in order to clothe and feed our families should be our primary concern.
In short, like my old man, the Original Alton Drew would say, “you can’t eat books.” I see why men of his generation look at us like we have lost our collected minds. We waste time on bullshit, and the bullshitters have created the greatest manure industry in the world: government, with media as its chief henchman.
If you want media diversity, then get rid of the talking heads and journalists and replace them with analysts; people who are expert in an area and can think. Granted this won’t eliminate the advocacy component of analysis ( and it shouldn’t), but at least you should receive a message based on reason and evidence while allowing the information consumer to draw their own conclusions.
It’s time to stop accepting the dumbing-down of America. We are becoming a nation overly immersed in our passions and in the end that will tear us apart, or at a minimum, lead us to think that naivete, as expressed and acted upon by the Edward Snowdens, Bradley Mannings, transparency seekers, and net neutrality supporters of the world are the new normal.