chapter  3
21 Pages

The Lure of the Explicit: Managerial Modes of Accountability and the Ideal of Transparency

According to Vattimo (1992), in The Transparent Society, ‘everything’ has the potential to become an object of communication, and we are guided by an ideal of ‘self-transparency’, both for ourselves and for society. In his essay Exactitude, the novelist Calvino (1996) is concerned about the ‘loss of form’ or ‘substance’ in the ‘post-modern’ world and hankers for a ‘cult of exactitude’. Without ‘exactitude’, he suggests, ‘a well-defi ned and well-calculated plan for the work in question’, we risk ‘diluting meanings’ (56-57).