Between public and private: transparency

19 Jun

The term seems a slogan of political propaganda, and in fact it may be, the idea that everythingTransparencySociety can be revealed and the control of apparatus, especially presidential, about what can and should be disclosed can contrary to what many announce, be strengthening services The disappearance of privacy, the collapse of trust, and crucial aspects of maintaining democracy and economic control.
Byung-Chul Han’s book is a denunciation that the ideal of transparency can be as false as the worst utopias and modern mythologies: mistrust of everyone and lack of privacy by a “homogenization” of the interpretation of the facts.
Anyone with suitable instruments can get information on almost any subject, provided they have instruments and often economic strength to do so, and this already reveals one of the possible manipulations.
Powerful groups, dangerous groups and mainly malicious politicians can use the information available to make inappropriate use of the information available.
After publishing The Society of Toughness and The Agony of Eros by the German-Korean philosopher Byung-Chul Han, he enters another crop.
Transparency Society is a translation of Miguel Serras Pereira direct from the German text Transparenzgesellschaft, originally from Byung-Chul Han. In Portugal, the book was published in September 2014, in the collection Antropos, by the newspaper Relógio D’Água.
Byung-Chul Han denounces in this book: “The Transparency Society” (Lisbon, Editora Espelho d’Agua, 2014) is that total transparency is a false ideal, and according to the strongest and most dangerous author of contemporary mythologies, reveals his naivety and Strangeness “when he arrived in Germany: Philosophy knew nothing. I knew who Husserl and Heidegger were when I arrived in Heidelberg “(HAN, 2015).
He criticizes what he calls “transparency is devoid of transcendence” (ibid., P. 59): “Positive society avoids any kind of play of negativity, since it holds communication. Its value is measured exclusively in terms of quantity and speed of information exchange. The mass of communication also increases its economic value. Negative verdicts cloud communication (HAN, 2015).
What remedy, there is information that should remain private, but which? Who will control them? These are the questions that must be answered.
Han, B.C. The Transparency Society. CA: Stanford Briefs (first , 2015.


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