Conspiracy (häftad)
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Conspiracy (häftad)


A True Story of Power, Sex, and a Billionaire's Secret Plot to Destroy a Media Empire

Häftad Engelska, 2019-06-25
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A stunning story about how power works in the modern agethe book the New York Times called one helluva page-turner and The Sunday Times of London celebrated as rivetingan astonishing modern media conspiracy that is a fantastic read. Pick up the book everyone is talking about.

In 2007, a short blogpost on Valleywag, the Silicon Valley-vertical of Gawker Media, outed PayPal founder and billionaire investor Peter Thiel as gay. Thiels sexuality had been known to close friends and family, but he didnt consider himself a public figure, and believed the information was private.

This post would be the casus belli for a meticulously plotted conspiracy that would end nearly a decade later with a $140 million dollar judgment against Gawker, its bankruptcy and with Nick Denton, Gawkers CEO and founder, out of a job. Only later would the world learn that Gawkers demise was not incidentalit had been masterminded by Thiel.

For years, Thiel had searched endlessly for a solution to what hed come to call the Gawker Problem. When an unmarked envelope delivered an illegally recorded sex tape of Hogan with his best friends wife, Gawker had seen the chance for millions of pageviews and to say the things that others were afraid to say. Thiel saw their publication of the tape as the opportunity he was looking for. He would come to pit Hogan against Gawker in a multi-year proxy war through the Florida legal system, while Gawker remained confidently convinced they would prevail as they had over so many other lawsuituntil it was too late.

The verdict would stun the world and so would Peters ultimate unmasking as the man who had set it all in motion. Why had he done this? How had no one discovered it? What would this meanfor the First Amendment? For privacy? For culture?

In Holidays masterful telling of this nearly unbelievable conspiracy, informed by interviews with all the key players, this case transcends the narrative of how one billionaire took down a media empire or the current state of the free press. Its a study in power, strategy, and one of the most wildly ambitiousand successfulsecret plots in recent memory.

Some will cheer Gawkers destruction and others will lament it, but after reading these pagesand seeing the access the author was givenno one will deny that there is something ruthless and brilliant about Peter Thiels shocking attempt to shake up the world.
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