Is this (and other similar activities) transparency or the illusion of transparency? And even if it is only part-illusion, isn’t that a powerful (and scary) weapon?
I’m not trying to be paranoid or rage against censorship and/or spin . . . but I have concerns about the effects of the illusion of transparency and what is “reality.” I can assure you that I try very hard to be transparent on this blog. That I don’t try to hide who I really am – my faults, my fears, my thoughts. But regardless, I am still choosing what to reveal about myself and thereby shaping your perception of me. You may know a lot about me, but at the end of the day, you only know what I want you to know. (Yes, the same can be true in our physical space, but I’m not up for discussing all the differences between the physical and virtual relationships tonight).
So when I read articles about the above, I wonder about the power and the effects (intentional and unintentional) of believing we are a part of the whole something, when we’re really only a part of what someone chooses for us to be a part of. Or feeling like we have a voice, and we’re seeing an accurate reflection of what others feel – when we’re only seeing a part (censorship aside, not everyone chooses to participate, so not every side is represented. You often hear from only the most passionate voices.)
What are your thoughts?