Monday, March 2, 2009
Transparency is Not for the Squeamish
Transparency, implying openness, communication, and full disclosure, is the current metaphorical benchmark for integrity and information sharing. It's the contemporary standard by which we hope to hold policy makers, public officials, and ourselves accountable.
"Transparency" as a theme represents a flashpoint of frustration in Press Secretary Robert Gibbs' meetings with the press. It makes an appearance as the concluding observation in this recent piece in the New York Times, "Sharper Downturn Clouds Obama Spending Plans": "As the gruesome data accumulates, this much is already clear: Transparency is not for the squeamish."
I'd love to see an interpretation of that sentence by printmaker Amos Kennedy, Jr, who is so brilliant at piling on layers of color, word, and image.