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rbarenblat ([personal profile] rbarenblat) wrote in [personal profile] ira_gladkova 2012-07-19 05:48 pm (UTC)

I'm reading this post belatedly, but wanted to thank you for writing it & putting it out there.

However, again, an overall cultural problem: I feel we're still rather afraid of having our guts exposed. It's scary and it's hard, and in a lot of ways we're still opaque to one another and to the outside world.

I think there's something of a clash of fannish cultures happening here. I don't think we all see posting about our internal experience of the org the same way. What looks to one person like transparency about something that's not going right might look, to another person, like the airing of a grudge. And whereas posting about org-internal experience might feel to one person like a positive exercise in transparency, it might feel to someone else like using their time to talk about doing stuff instead of actually doing it.

I don't mean to belittle either perspective -- I think transparency is an excellent thing, and I am also someone who chooses to focus on the positive as much as I can, so these are both perspectives I can relate to -- but I think it may be useful to remember that we're coming from a lot of different places, and that, e.g., someone who chooses to post about the tough stuff isn't actively trying to tear down the org, and that someone who chooses not to post about the tough stuff isn't actively trying to censor the org's public image.

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