Dan Knauss replied to the topic How should we approach transparency in government? in the forum Forum Discussions 9 years, 10 months ago
I can’t recall a place where I have seen Shirky specifically address transparency/gov2.0 directly, but if you understand transparency not as a state of merely theoretical, technical access but as many eyes actually culling through a lot of information, then you understand real journalism = real transparency, or the best potential for it. maybe that is what Lessig needs to realize, that the problems he imagines imply the new model of journalist that will be needed to have a free, data-driven society with great transparency.
By personality and training Shirky seems to have a very good grasp of the complex problem of any cause-effect theories with regard to social phenomenon–i.e. what people will do. (He is pretty unusual for saying things like “I don’t know,” “We can’t know,” or “Some outcomes will be bad.” But that is in relation to journalism.)
Shirky did make a point of how he realized that “the wisdom of the crowd” can mean people voting legalization of marijuana to the top of Obama’s issues list on his campaign site. That event made Shirky realize that the wisdom of the crowd is NOT well distributed; the wisdom the networked world gives you is just the cream rising to the top when a few people produce and recognize it while everyone else watches Balloon Boy. We have really convenient access to specialized knowledge or skill that belongs to unique individuals who need not be elites in the usual sense of elite social affiliations and credentials. And they can share their expertise, insight and skill with everyone for no cost….
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