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In this well-researched e-book, Philip Massolin takes a desirable examine the forces of modernization that swept via English Canada, starting on the flip of the 20 th century. Victorian values - agrarian, non secular - and the adherence to a inflexible set of philosophical and ethical codes have been being changed with these intrinsic to the fashionable age: commercial, secular, medical, and anti-intellectual. This paintings analyses the improvement of a contemporary cognizance in the course of the eyes of the main fervent critics of modernity - adherents to the ethical and price platforms linked to Canada's tory culture. The paintings and considered social and ethical critics Harold Innis, Donald Creighton, Vincent Massey, Hilda Neatby, George P. provide, W.L. Morton, Northrop Frye, and Marshall McLuhan are thought of for his or her perspectives of modernization and for his or her robust evaluations at the nature and implications of the fashionable age. those students shared issues over the dire results of modernity and the necessity to attune Canadians to the realities of the trendy age. while so much Canadians have been oblivious to the consequences of modernization, those critics perceived anything ominous: faraway from being an indication of real growth, modernization used to be a blight on cultural improvement. even with the efforts of those critics, Canada emerged as a completely smooth kingdom via the Nineteen Seventies. as a result of triumph of modernity, the toryism that the critics encouraged ceased to be a defining function of the nation's existence. Modernization, in brief, contributed to the passing of an highbrow culture centuries within the making and speedily ended in the ideological underpinnings of trendy sleek Canada.

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In 'The Role of Intelligence/ Innis highlighted the pitfalls faced by the modern social scientist. He warned that participation in government or business seriously impaired the social scientist's judgment and ability to achieve truth and objectivity. In pursuing vested interests in outside projects, Innis argued that social scientists developed a bias because external endeavours limited the range of their thought and understanding to the short-term interests of government policy or business planning.

The print industry, along with newer, electronic communications media, imposed on an unsuspecting population a rigid understanding of the world by making available limited information. Science and technology, Innis added, not only improved the speed with which information was disseminated, but also selected the type of information distributed. 'Mechanized knowledge/ in the Innisian lexicon, referred to standardized world-views and the inability to escape a media-induced distortion of reality. It meant, in essence, an absence of liberty to develop independent assessments of one's environment.

But the nature of the reform movement was beginning to change. 27 Social scientists worked within the universities and professional organizations to change the nature of the reform movement so that the views of experts (the social scientists themselves) became increasingly important. Through their growing participation in the urban and other reform movements, they asserted the predominance of expert analysis and affirmed at the same time their own social importance. Their message was clear: while the amateur had little place in the serious business of social analysis, the expert had become indispensable to the age of transformation.

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