The Murdoch Archipelago Paperback – 13 Oct 2011
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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.
About the Author
Bruce Page is an investigative journalist of exceptional experience and renown who has been researching Rupert Murdoch's life and times for many years.
Top Customer Reviews
His book contains also excellent information on such important historical issues as `Bloody Sunday' or the `Thatcher Years'.
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.
For B. Page, democracy is fictional if media are there only for the ruling class.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most badly written books I have ever read. Bruce Page must have written it in a hurry. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2012 by Howler
This is certainly a well researched book but one of the true merits of a good journalist is clarity in his or her writing. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2010 by E. J. Johnson