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Articles by Wade Rowland on communications technology, philosophy of science and religion, travel and other topics, including some scholarly articles.

An article from “Social Epistemology” (2005) concerning technological determinism and the social construction of technology

Social EpistemologyVol. 19, Nos. 2-3, April–September 2005, pp. 287–313 Recognizing the Role of the Modern Business Corporation in the “Social Construction” of Technology Wade Rowland…

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

The field of communications and its practitioners are complicit in the construction and promotion of this new, potentially deeply anti-human economic frontier. While the technology and its applications may be bewilderingly new and awesomely potent, the moral obligations of workers and professionals are ultimately to be located in basic moral thought, and in particular, I would urge, in moral realism. The debate necessary to arrive at guiding ethical principles is only just beginning, but it has a profound body of consensus on which to build.