I dig transparency. I like when bloggers let me know they’re being paid to talk about something and I think it’s a good idea when businesses don’t try and gloss over the bad stuff to only paint a rosy picture. Because I think it’s important to be transparent, I discuss many details here that many bloggers don’t. I wonder though, is there such a thing as being too transparent?
Giving out important details is one thing. It’s important not to sweep something under the rug or keep it from the public eye because it may lead to bad publicity. Where do we cross the line from transparency into too much information? For example, If my phone or cable company is about to go belly up, I don’t want surprises. I want to know about any dealings or discourse because I’m paying for service and I want the option of being able to take my business elsewhere rather than enduring an abrupt loss of service. However, I don’t think it’s my business if David Letterman is cheating on his wife and don’t feel public apologies for private matters are necessary.
Sometimes I think we’ve moved beyond the “information age” into the “too much information age.”
I’ll always be honest with you here. You know when I’m paid by a sponsor because my blog posts will clearly state who is paying me. You also know I feel I have too many ads here but they pay the bills so we’re stuck with them for a while. I also do my best to let you know how things are running here, if there’s going to be any down time, if job leads are late and other good stuff. I won’t tell you private family business or what is being said in my monthly memos to the bloggers at this network. If it affects you, I’m always honest. If it affects me, I’ll probably talk about it. If it affects my loved ones, it’s none of your business.
I’m all for disclosure and transparency, but I think some people are taking it too far. What do you think, is there such a thing as being too transparent?