Book Cover of Pandora's Box: How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV by Peter Biskind
Business & Money

Pandora’s Box: How Guts, Guile, and Greed Upended TV

Bestselling author of Easy Riders, Raging Bulls and Down and Dirty Pictures, cultural critic Peter Biskind turns his eye toward the new golden age of television, sparked by the fall of play-it-safe network TV and the rise of boundary-busting cable, followed by streaming, which overturned both—based on exclusive, candid, and colorful interviews with executives, writers, showrunners, directors, and actors […Learn More]

Biography & History

The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Heads

From the author of the award-winning The Master Switch, who coined the term “net neutrality”—a revelatory, ambitious and urgent account of how the capture and re-sale of human attention became the defining industry of our time.  Ours is often called an information economy, but at a moment when access to information is virtually unlimited, our attention has become the ultimate commodity. In nearly every moment of our waking lives, we face a barrage of efforts to harvest our attention. This condition is not simply the byproduct of recent technological innovations but the result of more than a century’s growth and expansion in the industries that feed on human attention. […Learn More]

Biography & Autobiography

The Drudge Revolution: The Untold Story of How Talk Radio, Fox News, and Gift Shot Clerk with an Internet Connection Took Down the Mainstream Media

Matt Drudge has been labeled everything from “the Walter Cronkite of his era” to a “dangerous menace” and the “country’s reigning mischief-maker.” Political tastes aside, no one disputes Drudge’s influence: a single link from his website, The Drudge Report, has the power to move news cycles, shape front pages, and send television producers into a desperate scramble.  […Learn More]

Politics & Government

Ghosting the News: Local Journalism and the Crisis of American Democracy

An Epidemic of News Deserts and Ghost Papers

Ghosting the News tells the most troubling media story of our time: How democracy suffers when local news dies. From 2004 to 2015, 1,800 print newspaper outlets closed in the US. One in five news organizations in Canada has closed since 2008. One in three Brazilians lives in news deserts. The absence of accountability journalism has created an atmosphere in which indicted politicians were elected, school superintendents were mismanaging districts, and police chiefs were getting mysterious payouts. […Learn More]