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A Covid-19 introduction to Morality by Design: Technology’s Challenge to Human Values

Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in uncategorized | Comments Off on A Covid-19 introduction to Morality by Design: Technology’s Challenge to Human Values

Morality By Design was published in November, 2019, about the same time as scientists in Wuhan, China, discovered a novel coronavirus that would come to be identified by the name COVID-19, and in coming months sweep the world as a pandemic. Had the book been published a few months later, this is the preface I might have written for it. • It is impossible to write about ethics in this chaotic time, without making some reference to the COVID-19 pandemic. Or to the massive social justice demonstrations that broke out in the midst of the global health crisis, provoked initially by the viral...

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Message to Kayleigh: Surrogacy is Hazardous

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in uncategorized | 0 comments

Note: This was written for Huffington Post October 21, 2016. McEnany (Pres. Donald Trump’s new press secretary) obviously was not paying attention. by Wade Rowland There was a lot that was extraordinary about Wednesday night’s third presidential debate in Las Vegas, not the least of which was Donald Trump’s assertion that he, and not the electorate, would decide who won the election on November 9th. But looking beyond the content of the debate itself, there is much to be learned about the media and its problematic role in modern elections. Watching the circus-like event and...

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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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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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Trudeau Needs to Rethink his Position on Funding for Media

Posted by on Jun 21, 2017 in Articles-Blog, uncategorized | Comments Off on Trudeau Needs to Rethink his Position on Funding for Media

As Ottawa takes steps to enlarge Canada’s role in international relations, promising a 70% increase in defense spending over the next decade, Canadians may be inclined to feel a bit more secure in a world that seems more chaotic and threatening by the day. Foreign Affairs Minister Chrysta Freeland’s assertive address to Parliament earlier this month on diplomacy in the era of Trumpism, and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan’s policy statement and spending proposals the following day were both generally well-received as expensive but necessary frameworks for the preservation of national...

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