Julian Friedland (Business Ethics Memo) Comments On My Blog

Julian Friedland maintains a blog, Business Ethics Memo. I had occasion to write and he wrote back.

This is what he had to say –

Hi James,

Thanks for the link and compliment. I would be curious to know what academic training you have, i.e. business, philosophy, etc.

Your blog is engaging some of the most important and timely issues today. However, I would council you to beware of your tone, which can be a tad shrill at times.

Instead of name calling (“incredibly stupid,” “evil” etc.) you might consider taking a more charitable view of the other side, which might help take the debate to a deeper level and alienate fewer readers. For example, there are reasons schools are invading student privacy, and some might be legitimate. How do we determine the difference here?

I know folks are shouting more and more in media these days (especially on the right), but I think educators like us should strive to maintain a better example. That said, I am all for calling a spade a spade from time to time. But in my humble opinion, that can be done without name calling.

Also, you might consider opening up the blog to comments.

BTW: I am writing an article on some of the citizens united implications for increased CSR. It’s entitled Sustainability, Public Health, and the Corporate Duty to Assist.

Did you catch my piece in the Chronicle of Higher Ed last November? It’s subscription only (linked on my blog) so in case your library doesn’t offer access, I’m pasting it below.



2 thoughts on “Julian Friedland (Business Ethics Memo) Comments On My Blog

  1. Andrew

    Hmm… Personally, I feel that its your tone that tells the reader that what you are writing is actually what you are thinking. That’s what keeps me engaged.

    A blog is about posting YOUR thoughts and feelings on an issue. If you put too much stock in the feelings of others, you lose the ability to convey your own feelings, thus defeating the whole point of the blog in the first place.


  2. Robert Newsom

    On the occasion of the first visit by a British Monarch to the United States, circa 1953, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip were asked why they thought Americans were so interested in the doings of Royalty. Prince Phillip modestly replied that “there is no accounting for taste”. I don’t find the tone especially shrill.


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