I started tearing up black paper strips and instantly thought they were like the chunky, black lines that go through released governmental documents. The little specs you do see become so curios. bits and phrases of something someone wanted to hide.
This seems like such strange human behaviors to me. It says that between two groups of people, one finally decided to cough up information on questions but were so secretive and spiteful they essentially drew all over it, making the information useless. Its surprisingly childish in that light, but might just come down to individuals in power who stand to loose something.
I say that because so often the individual sources of redacted information truly think its for a greater good. Such as jeopardizing some of the conflicts their agency is already in. However well intentioned, it is a far too convenient excuse to avoid the real questions of why things were done the way they were. The self-preservation this creates, best intentions or not, is a proper sink hole of moral reasoning because the lack of consideration by other parties might be why your in the situation that needs answers in the first place.
Trying to read what others spitefully hide is a curious activity, and leaves one with more questions. Ironically most of these governments have no problem reading all of our information in this digital era. Over all I think the effect (possibly intended) is this creation of apathy in a populace. If this is the type of dodgy conduct many institutions engage in then no wonder many don't care for local politics. Because of this I feel there are some myths about youth culture not being politically engaged. In my experience this is far from the truth and many carry strong feelings on everyday issues. However if you can imagine that your only experiences with governmental bodies are this duck and hide, morally childish, dicking around then you can count on regular people not wanting to waste time with it.
Problem is that very same governmental body thrives on apathy as they get to continue making un-informed decisions behind closed doors (or just not easy to find doors). I couldn't tell you what the answer to all this is but it might help to understand that political in-action is not just all the "lazy citizens" fault. And that a conveniently malfunctioning systems is designed to keep average people at bay (just like customer service if you think about it).
The lazy citizen idea is a scapegoat because its easy to point at nameless groups of whom no ones is going to label themselves. The institutions gets to look good by devaluing "laziness" while staying free of political critique because no group identifies that way to begin with.
The more privacy we loose in this day and age on top of institutions that refuse to share their methods out of self-preservation the more something oddly "normal" as redacting will probably come to mean to us, if it does not all ready.