The idea of transparency, as it exists and functions in contemporary society, is like a cloak of invisibility if we consider transparency to mean an ethically-driven act of presenting one’s reflected image to, and in accordance with, the public consciousness and its circumstantial value system. The attribute of transparency defines itself against that of obscurity and the two are forever linked because for any one thing to be considered transparent, there has to also exist that which is not transparent and both must work unto each other to signify their meaning. One cloaking theory argues that energy can be programmed to predict and nullify an entity’s physical presence by selecting and incorporating its immediate surroundings into the cloak itself. In the heat of early June, the sun does not set until the later hours and its rays linger on the downtown skyline as if refusing to let go for fear of never meeting again. The glass exteriors of downtown are ablaze within an infrared spectrum:
The socio-cultural environment is analyzed, selected and assimilated into the camouflage so it can be presented back to the populous and accepted as healthy and clear, which it unfailingly does since the guise of transparency is crafted from the collective desires of the beholder and synchronized with the ever-accelerating speed of culture. It is a closed circle that continues to grow smaller until the individual and the humanized corporate entity become symbiotic. For even in progress, the field may shrink smaller and smaller until everything that remains is completely interchangeable. The tops of the buildings strive to emulate the harshness of the evening sun, moving closer until it dwindles into the last shades of blue merging with soft yellow and then the blue turns to violet and quietly the sky becomes dark and their silhouettes slip into the darkness below the radio towers flashing red.