Peace Out (The Futures Trilogy Book 1)
I read this trilogy out of order--third book first--so that might have helped me to understand and enjoy this book more than I might have otherwise. It might not have mattered, though, because the world-building is impeccable. From the news clips at the beginning of each chapter it's sort of distressing to find that Fox News still exists in this dystopia to the consistency of the social structure of this near-future United States in these three books, she details the solutions politicians have I read this trilogy out of order--third book first--so that might have helped me to understand and enjoy this book more than I might have otherwise.
From the news clips at the beginning of each chapter it's sort of distressing to find that Fox News still exists in this dystopia to the consistency of the social structure of this near-future United States in these three books, she details the solutions politicians have found to solve the problems of their world. Physical descriptions of the characters don't matter as much in this world as they do in ours. I don't know why that doesn't bother me, but it doesn't. Maybe because when I read, I don't visualize the action mentally as it happens.
I have a sense that the individuals in this society don't matter very much either. They are a means to an end--a way to accomplish the goals of the society. Also, the author's choice to include an epilogue that tells us of the fate of each character was an unexpected bonus. I might have thought that the characters would be seen again in later parts of the trilogy, but they weren't.
I debated whether to review each book individually or not, but in the end, decided to do so. Character and plot wise, the three books each stand alone. But to get a clear and detailed understanding of the society Whitley was describing, you have to read them all, preferably in order. I'm not sure why reading them in order did help me see it more clearly, but after reading them in order, things that had bothered me in later episodes made more sense.
I wish this trilogy had been traditionally published. I would have loved to see a public reaction to it. Would it have caught on like The Hunger Games? I'd be really curious to see. Oct 02, Kat rated it liked it Shelves: first-reads. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. I got the book through Goodreads First Reads. The assisted suicide is a topic that is mentioned quite a bit lately. It is an interesting topic, and whether it should be allowed for terminally ill, old, or mentally ill to do such thing, is debatable. While this book is a quick and easy read, it lacks certain depth. The part premise of this book is: "When the time comes, will you Peace Out? The lack of a perspective of a character that actually chooses to peace out is a thing that this book lacks.
That is just my opinion. The characters felt flat,with little-to-no development shown throughout the book. Not much happens in the stories itself. We don't get to see nor feel the true feelings of the characters who want to peace out. Not because they decided so but because of outside forces. They also don't really discuss the fact that they will end their lives. Every information in this book is just there, it's decided. The readers are being told things, there's not much being shown. It is thee controversial topic and I really wished it was more in depth. I would recommend people to read it simply because the things I might think are average might be great or bad to others.
Just let them read and decide. Oct 06, Audra rated it liked it. I found this book to be very thought-provoking. The Murdoch empire is a relatively young one by comparison, but it would be hard to argue that there is a more powerful media family on earth. The right-wing populist wave that looked like a fleeting cultural phenomenon a few years ago has turned into the defining political movement of the times, disrupting the world order of the last half-century.
The Murdoch empire did not cause this wave. But more than any single media company, it enabled it, promoted it and profited from it. The results have been striking. Over the last six months, we have spoken to more than people across three continents about the Murdochs and their empire — some who know the family intimately, some who have helped them achieve their aims, some who have fought against them with varying degrees of success. Most of these people insisted on anonymity to share intimate details about the family and its business so as not to risk retribution.
The media tend to pay a lot of attention to the media: Fox News is covered almost as closely as the White House and often in the same story. But what we as reporters had not fully appreciated until now is the extent to which these two stories — one of an illiberal, right-wing reaction sweeping the globe, the other of a dynastic media family — are really one. What do the Murdochs want? Family dynamics are complex, too, and media dynasties are animated by different factors — workaday business imperatives, the desire to pass on wealth, an old-fashioned sense of civic duty.
Murdoch began with a small regional paper in Australia, inherited from his father. He quickly expanded the business into a national and then an international force, in part by ruthlessly using his platform to help elect his preferred candidates and then ruthlessly using those candidates to help extend his reach. Politicians know what Murdoch wants, and they know what he can deliver: the base, their voters — power. The Murdoch approach to empire building has reached its apotheosis in the Trump era.
Murdoch had long dreamed of having a close relationship with an American president. On the surface, he and Trump have very little in common: One is a global citizen with homes around the world, a voracious reader with at least some sense of self-awareness. But they are each a son of an aspiring empire builder, and their respective dynasties shared the same core value — growth through territorial conquest — and employed the same methods to achieve it, leveraging political relationships to gain power and influence.
Murdoch has carefully built an image during his six decades in media as a pragmatist who will support liberal governments when it suits him. Yet his various news outlets have inexorably pushed the flow of history to the right across the Anglosphere, whether they were advocating for the United States and its allies to go to war in Iraq in , undermining global efforts to combat climate change or vilifying people of color at home or from abroad as dangerous threats to a white majority.
Even as his empire grew — traversing oceans, countries and media — Murdoch saw to it that it would always remain a family business. Underpinning it was a worldview that the government was the enemy of an independent media and a business model that depended nonetheless on government intervention to advance his interests and undermine those of his competitors. The Murdoch dynasty draws no lines among politics, money and power; they all work together seamlessly in service of the overarching goal of imperial expansion.
He is a businessman who wants to satisfy his customers.
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His assets also include entertainment companies , sports networks and moderate broadsheets. Murdoch embodies these same contradictions. Most dynasties break apart eventually, as decision-making power is dispersed across individuals and generations with different attitudes about their family business and the world in general. No one knows this better than Murdoch, who in took over Dow Jones, publisher of The Wall Street Journal, by exploiting divisions within the Bancroft family , which had run the paper for more than a century.
Murdoch thought he had protected himself from a similar fate by keeping a controlling interest in his empire; no one could take it away from him. To understand how the Murdoch empire works, it is essential to return to its origins. On the day in that Rupert Murdoch was born, his father, Keith Murdoch, was in the midst of his first campaign to elect a prime minister from his newsroom in Australia.
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As a young newspaperman, Keith gained fame by evading military censors to report on the slaughter of his countrymen during the British-led Gallipoli campaign of World War I. Keith never built a true media empire. He did own two regional newspapers, one of which had to be sold to pay off his death duties when he died suddenly in That left only the 75,circulation News of Adelaide for his year-old son, who was finishing his degree at Oxford.
But Rupert Murdoch had already received something much more valuable from his father: an extended tutorial in how to use media holdings to extract favors from politicians. His first order of business was to establish a proper Murdoch-owned empire in Australia.
He would eventually take control of nearly two-thirds of the national newspaper market.
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Television was next. His influence became an uncomfortable fact of British political life, and Murdoch seemed to revel in it. Murdoch used the same playbook in the United States. It was a group that included Roger Stone Jr. The Reagan administration later waived a prohibition against owning a television station and a newspaper in the same market, allowing Murdoch to hold onto his big metro dailies, The New York Post and The Boston Herald, even as he moved into TV in both cities. The administration of George H. Bush suspended rules that forbade broadcast networks to own prime-time shows or to profit from them.
Maybe more than any media mogul of his generation, Murdoch exploited the seismic changes transforming the industry during the waning years of the 20th century another lesson from Keith, an early adopter of radio and newsreels. These changes were driven by technology: It was now possible to transmit endless amounts of content all over the world in an instant.
But they were also driven by regulatory changes, in particular the liberation of TV and radio operators from the government guidelines that ruled the public airwaves. It was only a matter of time until similar programming started migrating to the burgeoning medium of hour-a-day cable television. And it was of course Murdoch who imported it. Murdoch had watched enviously as his younger rival, Ted Turner, built his own cable news network, CNN. Bush, started their conservative competitor, Fox News, which catered to those Americans whose political preferences had gone unaddressed on television news.
Another political favor was crucial. Giuliani — another future Trump adviser and a lion in the pages of The Post — publicly pressured the cable company as the two sides moved toward an eventual deal. A round-the-clock network with a virtual monopoly on conservative TV news, Fox conferred on Murdoch a whole new sort of influence that was enhanced by politically polarizing events like the Monica Lewinsky scandal and the post-Sept.
A study found that the introduction of the network on a particular cable system pushed local voters to the right: the Fox News Effect, as it became known. In a Pew Research poll, a majority of self-described conservatives said it was the only news network they trusted. Fifty years and an untold number of deals after taking possession of The News of Adelaide, Murdoch had arrived at the pinnacle of global influence. But as he turned 75, and then 80, Murdoch, too, had declined to lay out a plan for the future of his empire.
Initially he favored Lachlan, installing him as the general manager of one of his Australian newspaper chains at age 22 and overseeing his rise to the post of deputy chief operating officer of News Corp by age James, then the chief executive of British Sky Broadcasting — formerly Sky Television, later shortened to Sky — took over the mantle of heir apparent. But by the summer of , Murdoch, now 84, had changed his mind: James was out, and Lachlan was once again next in line. James would report to him. James was livid.
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The two brothers and their father had explicitly discussed succession not even two years earlier. James was supposed to take over, and Lachlan would never assume more than a symbolic role. As James saw it, he had not only been promised the job; he had earned it. Angry and appalled, James threatened to quit, heading straight from lunch to the airport for a flight to Indonesia. Years ago, he was the family rebel, piercing his ears, dyeing his hair and having a light bulb tattooed on his right arm.
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