Transversality – wk 8

Transversal relations have occurred between politics, new media, and democracy (Murphie, 2006). New media has allowed citizens to disengage from the traditional framing of politics, where our thoughts and actions had been affected by politicians and old-media.

According to Lessig’s (2010) article, he clearly elucidated the idea of transparency and openness and also mentioned the argument about the pitfalls of the “transparency movement”.

If there is ultimate transparency, there needs to be a proper framework in place to ensure that data and information is not being presented to benefit particular groups, and if all the information is available, people can use, skew and frame the information to benefit themselves rather than bettering the community.

Moreover, information about the government has been made known to the public through sharing this information on multiple online platforms.

Lessig believed that transparency in the government is visible and made known to the public. These media platforms are not only limited to social networking sites, such as, Facebook and Twitter. It is also include blogs, video channels and other online websites.

All of those publicly publish information and data is related to the government. For example, Wikileaks can fully represent the transparency in the government.

Additionally, another readings by Catherine Styles (2009), shows that ‘us government functions as a whole and enabling us to explore the component parts’. It may allow governments to keep a sense of superiority whilst at the same time; citizens will have more access to information.

Nowadays, politicians and officials are now get used to express their ideas and feelings about certain issues by social media. It raises the flow of information between public and government. Also, first hand information can be easily to obtain by the public and allows the public and the government to engage on a personal level.

Overall, I believe that Government 2.0 may be beneficial to both the public and the government when it comes to creating policies as digital technology and various online platforms allow us to organize information as it enables the communication of ideas from both the government and the public. However, the transparent nature of Government 2.0 may create controversies and debates between the government and the public.


Lessig, Lawrence (2010) ‘Against Transparency: The perils of openness in government.’ <,0#> accessed on 1st May, 2013

Murphie, Andrew (2006) ‘Editorial’, [on transversality], the Fibreculture Journal, 9 <> accessed on 1st May, 2013

Styles, C. (2009) ‘A government 2.0 idea- first, make all the functions visible’ <> accessed on 1st May, 2013


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