The Murdoch Archipelago - Bruce Page in collaboration with Elaine PotterLondon: Simon & Schuster, 2003, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Dust wrapper rubbed at the top corner of the upper panel. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
From the cover: “Rupert Murdoch is one of the most powerful men in the world today. Through News Corporation he controls a global media empire with an unparalleled array of assets in newspapers, television, movies and book publishing. Across the Anglophone world, and increasingly in Asia and Europe, he exerts an unelected political influence reckoned to Outclass such predecessors as Northcliffe, Hearst and Beaverbrook — men whose activities were contained within national boundaries.
What is the nature of Newscorp’s power, and how was it constructed? This book describes a business built on a unique capacity to collaborate with established power — whether legitimate or otherwise — while pretending to rebel against it. The origins of the technique lie in the First World War propaganda campaigns and intrigues of Rupert’s father Sir Keith Murdoch. Bruce Page analyses the son’s extension of the same essential method through Australia, Britain and the USA, showing how Murdoch’s fluid, authoritarian personal qualities have enabled him to exploit systematic weaknesses in the media systems which we rely on to safeguard liberal democracy.
Politicians and administrators around the world stand in awe of Murdoch because he is advertised as a supreme wizard of tabloid journalism, possessing a near-monopoly over mass opinion. Bruce Page shows that this is essentially a hallucination — but one which could become something unpleasantly like reality unless legislators are able to free themselves from it. This text is designed to assist them.
Building on many years’ research and featuring previously undisclosed revelations. The Murdoch Archipelago is both a riveting psychological profile and a devastating case against the dangers of media monopoly.”