It’s another buzzword: Transparency. And even in this age of social media, it’s hard to find.
Think of the type of products you buy. Who makes your clothing? Who grows your food? Who assembled your iPhone? Chances are, you don’t know. That’s OK. Most people really don’t want to know. It’s also the kind of information that overwhelms people when they start contemplating it. They have other, more personally relevant things to worry about.
This lack of full disclosure may not appear to be a big deal, and it certainly isn’t going to result in any sort of consumer uprising. The truth is, it may not matter whether Facebook apps use your information or not. You may never be harmed by that. But what makes it so insidious is that you’re never sure what’s really happening behind closed doors in business or politics, and uncertainty is quite the opposite of transparency.
It’s the subject of my new column on Talent Zoo.