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The Name Murdoch

It is impossible for the Murdochs to be voted off the board of News Corporation at the company’s annual meeting to be held at the end of the week on…

October 17 2011

The Once and Future Steve Jobs

In 1998, Jay Chiat, whose agency, Chiat/Day, helped invent the Tao of Apple, was trying to convince me of Steve Jobs’ epochal importance. Jay and Steve had become good friends…

October 11 2011

The Once and Future Steve Jobs Is he a role model?

In 1998, Jay Chiat, whose agency, Chiat/Day, helped invent the Tao of Apple, was trying to convince me of Steve Jobs’ epochal importance. Jay and Steve had become good friends…

October 7, 2011, 12:16 PM EDT

The Age of Ailes

It is tempting—as well as, in liberal circles, heretical—to try and separate Roger Ailes from his politics. That’s a fiery (and gassy) debate. Is the 15-year Fox News epoch more about…

October 03 2011

Sorrell Takes Out His Guns

Martin Sorrell, the chief executive of WPP and, arguably, the dominant voice in the advertising business, recently gave an interview in which he challenged the basic efficacy of social media…

September 26 2011

Is Content the Problem or the Solution?

The ever-mounting disarray at Yahoo, along with the not-so-far-behind-it disarray at AOL, is just another part of the long-in-coming conclusion that content doesn’t work as a business online.       “Content doesn’t…

September 19 2011

The Soul of a Media Company

Recent events have branded—or reverse-branded—News Corporation. Its reputation, according to the company’s just-filed annual report, could be damaged dramatically enough to impair its business.     Curiously, it takes a lot—i.e., a…

August 22 2011

The Murdoch Summer

"At the end of the day not much changes, unless there is a smoking gun in the U.S.," says a banker I know who deals with News Corporation, as well…

July 25 2011

People Named Murdoch

The possibility that Rupert Murdoch would choose to close a 168-year-old newspaper, a profitable one at that, is nil. It’s just that the man at the top, who once called…

July 15 2011

People Named Murdoch Should the family be closed as well as the paper?

The possibility that Rupert Murdoch would choose to close a 168-year-old newspaper, a profitable one at that, is nil. It’s just that the man at the top, who once called…

July 8, 2011, 12:03 PM EDT

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