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The master switch : the rise and fall of information empires

Author: Tim Wu
Publisher: London : Atlantic Books, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Part industrial exposé, part meditation on the nature of freedom of expression, 'The Master Switch' brings to light a crucial drama - rife with indelible characters - played out over decades in the shadows of global communication.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Tim Wu
ISBN: 9781848879850 1848879857 9781848879843 1848879849
OCLC Number: 680395214
Description: 366 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The disruptive founder --
Radio dreams --
Mr. Vail is a big man --
The time is not ripe for feature films --
Centralize all radio activities --
The paramount ideal --
The foreign attachment --
The legion of decency --
FM radio --
We now add sight to sound --
The right kind of breakup --
The radicalism of the Internet revolution --
Nixon's cable --
Broken bell --
Esperanto for machines --
Turner does television --
Mass production of the spirit --
The return of AT & T --
A surprising wreck --
Father and son --
The separations principle.
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"'Every now and then a book changes the way we understand the world. The Master Switch is such an achievement... rigorous... imaginative... enthralling.' Steve Coll, author of Ghost Wars"

 
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