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May 11, 2009

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Not sure that your version of "transparency" is the same as most. Transparency does not equal control. Control should always be in the hands of the company - not the customers. Transparency is simply letting the customers look inside the inner workings as far as allowed without compromising the integrity of a company.

In the case you sited, transparency would be more about "how are stories chosen?" and "who has the input on what makes it to page one? Is it strictly and editorial decision or are there other influences?"

What you related is a case of crowd-sourcing gone awry. Which is, of course, a good cautionary tale. But it would seem not one about 'too much transparency' as one of 'confusing transparency with input'.

One looks through the transparent windows of the car - one does not reach through them and try to maneuver the vehicle.

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