Posts by Wade

A preface to Morality by Design

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in Articles-Blog | 0 comments

 I have spent much of my working life toiling in various fields journalism, a craft that allowed me to indulge an obsessive interest in trying understand to the big, existential questions of our time, and then pass along whatever insight I’d gleaned. Decades of research into politics, media, corporate crime, energy policy, environmental pollution, climate change, and, most recently, the impact of technological innovation led me more and more frequently to wonder: “Why is this happening?” and “Why do we let it happen?” Those sorts of questions, it would eventually occur...

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Morality by Design: technology’s challenge to human values

Posted by on Oct 10, 2019 in uncategorized | 0 comments

The introduction: How do you build a utopia? What does it take to construct the best of all possible worlds? Thomas More chose the name Utopia (in Greek, it means no-place) for the ideal society he described in his Renaissance masterpiece of 1516, written as a young man long before he served as Lord Chancellor to Henry VIII (and was beheaded for his trouble). The book was a visionary critique of fractious English society which More described as a “conspiracy of the rich,” in which the “greedy, unscrupulous and useless” lived off the labour of others. In Utopia, he sketched a form...

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A Murderer’s Apology: The Raymond Williams Trial

Posted by on Jul 9, 2019 in uncategorized | 0 comments

© 2010 Wade Rowland If a long career in journalism has taught me anything about watching and reading the news, it is that the details of any story that can be described as “horrific” are best avoided. They usually teach nothing worth learning, and they can leave a permanent, toxic residue in the mind and spirit. These days I teach mass media literacy to university students, and in preparing for my undergraduate class last Friday, I felt I had no choice but to say something about the story on everyone’s mind, the Raymond Williams trial. That drove me to spend some time...

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“Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.”

Posted by on Jun 24, 2019 in Articles-Blog | Comments Off on “Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.”

Media Ecology Conference June 28, 2019: Panel 2.4.10 “Critical Moral Realism as an approach to thinking about, and teaching, ethics in communication studies.” By Wade Rowland A brief biographical note: about two-thirds of my working life has been spend in print and television journalism; the remaining third has been in the academy, mainly at Ryerson, Trent, and eventually at York University. As a journalist, I had found it crucially helpful to have a credible, time-tested framework of ethical standards within which to pursue my work: standards like objectivity, balance, fairness,...

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Post-Christmas thoughts about the CBC’s future

Posted by on Dec 29, 2017 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | 0 comments

A visit to Lyon last week got me thinking about how dominant religions absorb and erase competing rites and traditions. France’s second city has been an important focus of Catholicism from the first century onward, but before that Lyon was a centre of worship of the Roman god Mithra. Scholars are divided as to the extent of early Christian syncretic borrowings from the cult and traditions of Mithraism, but other pagan appropriations are in plain view around Christmas time. The streets of old Lyon were festooned with coloured lights and pine boughs, traditions which derive from pre-Christian...

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