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Ethical messages: R H. Tawney confronts the information age.

Duff, Alistair; Melville, Rob


Alistair Duff

Rob Melville


Richard Keeble


This chapter sets ethical thinker R H Tawney in context as a dissident son of the British establishment. We explore the roots of his politics in philosophical idealism and religious socialism, before translating his famous critiques of acquisitiveness and inequality for the information age. Our main thesis is that Tawney's work supplied the resources for an important critical perspective on the information age. This chapter also emphasises Tawney's relevance for contemporary journalism practice, drawing comparisons with the contemporary school of public journalism in the USA. Tawney aimed to make a practical difference to society and employed academic writing and journalism as his tools.

Publication Date Dec 5, 2008
Deposit Date May 13, 2016
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
Pages 125-133
Book Title Communication Ethics Today
ISBN 9781906221041
Keywords Tawney; information age; ethics; journalism practice; religious socialism;
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