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Graduate Program in Communication & Culture

Faculty Profiles

Myles Ruggles

Politics & Policy/ Technology in Practice

University   York University
E-Mail Address   ruggles@yorku.ca
Phone Number   (416)736-2100 ext. 33873
Office Location   TEL Building, 3008
Office Hours   TBA


Education

M.A.(SFU); Ph.D (SFU)

Biography

Professor Ruggles is Associate Professor in the Division of Social Sciences at York University in Toronto, Canada, teaching technology and society courses in the Communication Studies Program, and core courses in the York/Ryerson Graduate Program in Communication and Culture. He previously taught communication theory, political economy, technology and society, and communication policy subjects in (and was Department Head of) the Department of Communication Studies and the graduate program in Communication and Social Justice at the University of Windsor. His research investigates historical features of legal, regulatory and economic discourses that thematize 'communication', 'knowledge', 'information', 'information technology', and cognate categories.

His most recent book, Automating Interaction, (2005) critically examines the emergence and role of knowledge and information as variables in mainstream economic thought, demonstrating how paradigmatic features of the theoretical discourse of economics, and the internal relationship between economic discourse and the logic and language of description of the technology innovation process, systematically degrade both the public domain of knowledge, and individual control of identity and relationship, generating urgent and global issues of accountability in the design of sociotechnical systems. Some of his earlier work similarly analyzed the legal discourse of communication rights, revealing an implicit commercial logic patterning judges' configuration and allocation of communication rights.

He is currently working on a comparative study of formal knowledge regimes, funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, which seeks to elucidate, in three contemporary cases of inter-regime conflict, interactions between property, privacy and communication entitlements, conflicts between knowledge-generating institutions, and the balance between public and private interests achieved by alternative institutional arrangements.
Link to Personal Website: http://www.arts.yorku.ca/sosc/ruggles/index.htm

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Selected Publications

Automating Interaction: Formal and Informal Knowledge in the Digital Network Economy. Cresskill, N.J: Hampton Communication Series, Hampton Press. 2005.
"Digital Media and the Public Information Environment: A Retrospective Assessment. " Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 28.4 (2004): 449-459.
“What Kind of Global Culture: Mass Communication Research in a Changing Context." Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 23.2 (1998).
The Audience Reflected in the Medium of Law: A Critique of the Political Economy of Speech Rights in the United States. Westport, CT: Ablex Publishing Corporation. 1994.
Myles Alexander Ruggles and Peter G. Cook. "Balance and Freedom of Speech: Challenge for Canadian Broadcasting. " Canadian Journal of Communication, Vol. 17.1 (1992).

 

 

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Harold [Innis] taught us how to use the bias of culture and communication as an instrument of research. By directing attention to the bias, or distorting power of the dominant imagery and technology of any culture, he showed us how to understand cultures.
~ Marshall McLuhan