Transparent Fortress

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For the last two blog assignments I have gotten my ideas for what I should write about from our assigned readings.  In the Networked Nonprofit this week was a description of the transparent business model.  The other two models discussed seemed to me to be frowned upon by the authors, one of them being the fortress model, and how society may be moving away from this most trusted model.  For me, it’s more of a matter of the type of business one is in that should be the main factor for the type of model one wants to present to the world.  Personally, I think the best model would be a combination of transparent and fortress.  Companies are finding these days they need to connect with their audience more often and in more ways.  The blind faith of the masses to organizations big and small has been slowly whittling away with bigger and larger chunks falling off intermittently as technology is taking over. People want to see behind the curtain and share communication with whomever they are doing business be it the soda company that distributes your favorite sugary drink or the actress you plunk down money for to see her newest flick.  People want a relationship with those they give their money to.  Maybe we don’t want the same degree of connection to all things, but society at least wants the option.  I agree with this to a point.  I like that I can go online and see what else Coke has going on, but I don’t need to know everything about the CEO.  Thinking about transparency got me thinking about privacy.  I for one am not ready to give that up, and I wouldn’t completely let it go for any type of compensation, but even if just for this class I am willing to expose parts of myself for my audience to view.

I then started thinking about the sociological affects and the paths toward privacy our society has accomplished over the last handful of decades.  I remembered reading about how the differences with countries enjoying the information age compared to less fortunate societies can be seen just by pictures of their market streets.  The technological societies had broad streets full of cars and buildings that kept people apart – private, with a sterile look to them.  Societies not as fortunate or maybe just entering the current and fairly new information age had market streets filled with people connecting to each other through touch and verbal communication – open, messy, and fun looking.  The streets of New York were not unlike these streets not too long ago.  Are we missing these daily connections from the past?  We as a society have been moving apart and living more and more privately as time has moved forward.  I guess one could say this is one area where entropy seems to be failing – moving from cluttered to a sense of compliant.  Now we have the internet and social media and phones reconnecting us even after just a significantly short time apart.  We are reconnecting and losing areas of privacy and we seem to be enjoying it more than one would have thought possible just three decades ago.  We have a new type of market place, and I believe the majority of us enjoy it and visit this new congregation on a daily schedule.  I think most of us agree we need to lose some of our privacy to remain connected as humans should be.  We need to be connected to one another and if we lose some of our privacy for that purpose, I think that is just fine.

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