chapter  3
4 Pages

The culture of secrecy

WithDaniel Harlow

Whether you know it or not, there’s an elephant in the room or, better said, there’s a gaping hole in this book. A blind spot so big that sometimes people don’t even see it’s there. Like asking fish what water is, it surrounds you and is such a part of your life, you don’t even think about it anymore. What is the elephantine hole made of? Data. Clara Peller once stared down at a puny hamburger and said: “Where’s the beef?” And likewise, an astute reader might flip through these pages and say: “Where’s the data?”