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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (13 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849837791
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849837798
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.6 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,096,342 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'This is an important and timely book... full of original perceptions on the historical relationship between journalism and politics, in Australia and America as well as Britain. It is also a sharp warning that the guardians of our city are about to open its gates once again to a man who has shown that he cannot be trusted' Godfrey Hodgson, NEW STATESMAN 'Spendid account...The author explodes many Murdoch myths, including that of his being anti-establishment ... [Bruce Page] wears his wide reading lighly, possessing an investigator's eye for details, an insider's expertise on the ways of the media and a democrat's drive for openness and accountability. This is an important book on commercial power and political freedom. Heard much about it from "New" Labour's Murdoch hacks?' John Booth, Tribune 'Brings fresh insights... This book is a powerful indictment of media monopoly and its threat to democratic society' DIRECTOR 'Bruce Page's remarkable account of Rupert Murdoch and his world... It is a challenging read - speculative and learned; and if you think you know Machiavelli or Vilfredo Pareto, think again' Jonathan Mirksy, LITERARY REVIEW 'Bruce Page has broken the routine circle with a critique of Murdoch which goes beyond almost all others in its unflinching attack on the man...important and alarming...valuable...penetrating analysis...a good book' WEST END EXTRA 'This is a very full life of the great manipulator, leaving no stone unturned' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Bruce Page is an investigative journalist of exceptional experience and renown who has been researching Rupert Murdoch's life and times for many years.

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Format: Hardcover
Bruce Page's The Murdoch Archipelago is a stunner! A clear mind and a sharp moral sense are at work here to lay bare the career of a scoundrel - and what his kind of success shows us about our time and ourselves. Page tells a complex story with verve and style. He first lets us see how the Murdoch enterprise works - but then, why it works: why politicians yield to him, and precisely what his capacity is to traffic with power while pretending to rebel against it. Yet this is more than the story of one man. The important point, says Page, "is that Murdoch's operation may well be the general model of media empires which live in corporatist bliss with slowly degrading national governments." Buy it, read it and learn from this tale for our times.
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Format: Paperback
This superb account of the Murdoch empire, brought right up to date, is an exciting and scholarly read. It tells of how Murdoch has systematically traded media reporting for power and monopoly. It breaks the myths - for example that he is a guru of tabloid circulation, that he is anti-establishment, that he is a news hound - and shows the news empire for what it is: a tyrant's tool.
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Format: Hardcover
In this brilliantly written and hard-hitting book, Bruce Page analyses in depth R. M.'s character (based on T. Adorno's `The Authoritarian Personality'), the history of his media empire, the power links, the revolutions in the media scene and the crucial test `freedom v. pseudo-freedom' for democracy.
His book contains also excellent information on such important historical issues as `Bloody Sunday' or the `Thatcher Years'.

Media landscape
In the early days of TV, newspapers didn't cover TV programs enough compared with the role they played in the life of their readers. Now, there is a close and vital embrace between TV and the newspaper industry (and most of all the tabloids).

Newspapers and pseudo-newspapers
A real news business, like newspapers must chase tirelessly after authentic (independent of opinion) disclosures. Some newspapers don't even try it; they are called pseudo-newspapers.
Effective and independent disclosures will bring newspapers into substantial conflict with the governing powers of the day.
Pseudo-newspapers will give active support of governing power to the extent of assisting it with official propaganda. The facts that are in the public interest are not published or selectively disclosed or covertly manipulated.

Freedom v. pseudo-freedom
The media system has been rightly thought to be the brightest hope for enlightenment, liberty and entertainment. But, the system became corrupted through profitable (corporate) alliances with the powerful in government. Law and regulations don't constitute a barrier anymore, if there is sufficient influence with sufficiently powerful people.

Democracy
For B. Page, democracy is fictional if media are there only for the ruling class.
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