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Blue Cat Design - Profile: Wade Rowland

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Ranked among Canada's leading literary journalists, Wade Rowland has produced more than a dozen books on subjects ranging from television journalism, organized crime and international environmental law to his current concerns, which include communications technology, the philosophy of science and the sources of human values.

An award-winning journalist and television producer of news and documentary programming, his list of program credits include: the Canadian Television Network's CTV News, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's Marketplace, YTV News, Inside Canada and the creation of CTV Radio News.

In the spring of 1995, under contract to MediaLinx Interactive Inc. he created a business plan for a multimedia, interactive news service for delivery on the broadband network planned by Canada's telcos under the Beacon Initiative. He also spearheaded the successful conversion of CBC Windsor to disc-based, digital news gathering using video journalists and small-format cameras.

He is in demand as a speaker on new media and technology issues, science and religion, and ethics. He taught Television Arts at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto where his courses taught included writing, editing, videography, studio production and on-camera presentation.

During 1986-90, he was the series editor and publisher of the award-winning Rowland Travel Guides to Canada series. He is a regular contributor of articles on travel, and communications technology to major newspapers and magazines including the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail newspaper and ComputerWorld.

Rowland's longstanding interest in the history and philosophy of technology which saw fruition in Spirit of the Web, combined with his experience as a journalist and executive in television news (CTV and CBC) led Rowland to further explore the relationship of humans and human values to technology in what would become the ground-breaking travel/philosophy book Ockham's Razor: A Search for Wonder in an Age of Doubt, published in 1999. Read reviews and an excerpt.

His previous book, Spirit of the Web: The Age of Information from Telegraph to Internet, on the history and meaning of communications technologies in the twentieth century, was published in 1999 by Key Porter Books. His articles on technology and telecommunications are regularly published in Canada's largest daily newspapers.

Rowland's latest book is entitled Galileo's Mistake: The Archaeology of a Myth (Thomas Allen Publishers, October, 2001). In his new book, Rowland examines Galileo's confrontation with the Church of Rome from the perspective of late-twentieth-century scientific and philosophical insights into the nature of reality, in a narrative which includes stories of journeying through Tuscany and life in Rome.

Rowland's current projects include PhD studies in the faculty of Communication and Culture at York University (Toronto) and a new book tentatively entitled Darwin Meets Socrates (Thomas Allen Publishers, 2003). In his new book, Rowland will extend his examination of the relationship between moral and scientific knowledge into the 19th and 20th centuries, including social Darwinism, the social sciences and the rise of the corporation. He is current holder of the Maclean-Hunter Chair of Ethics in Communication at Ryerson University in Toronto.

He can be contacted at the Blue Cat Design offices or via email. Visit Wade Rowland's official author website.

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