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Bob Garfield

Host, On The Media

Bob Garfield is the co-host of On the Media

Bob Garfield isn’t exactly a media whore, but he’s extremely promiscuous.

Apart from On the Media, Bob has been a columnist for 30-plus years, at the moment on the subjects of media and marketing for The Guardian and MediaPost. In the world of marketing he is an institution, like the Red Cross. Or San Quentin.

When not casting broadly, Bob casts podly, with former OTM producer Mike Vuolo on the insanely popular Slate language program “Lexicon Valley.” In print, Bob has been a contributing editor for the Washington Post Magazine, Civilization and the op-ed page of USA Today. He has also written for The New York Times, Playboy, Sports Illustrated, Atlantic and Wired and been employed variously by ABC, CBS, CNBC and the defunct FNN as an on-air analyst. As a lecturer and panelist, he has appeared in 37 countries on six continents, including such venues as the Kennedy Center, the U.S. Capitol, the Rainbow Room, the Smithsonian, Circus Circus casino, the Grand Ole Opry, the U.N., Harvard University, Princeton University and, memorably, a Thai Kickboxing ring in Cape Town, South Africa.

He is the author of five books, most recently Can’t Buy Me Like. His first book, Waking Up Screaming from the American Dream, was published by Scribner in 1997, favorably reviewed and quickly forgotten.  His 2003 manifesto on advertising, And Now a Few Words From Me, is published in six languages (although, admittedly, one is Bulgarian). His 2009 crackpot screed The Chaos Scenario, about the supposed collapse of mass media and advertising, has all come true. Garfield co-wrote “Tag, You’re It,” a snappy country song performed by Willie Nelson, and wrote an episode of the short-lived NBC sitcom “Sweet Surrender.” It sucked.

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Bob Garfield appears in the following:

What Happened in Charlotte

Friday, September 23, 2016

Details in the shooting of Keith Lamont Scott continue to emerge. What we know for certain: it's about more than a book versus a gun.

Friday, September 23, 2016

How do you fight a terrorist who died five years ago? A look at Al Qaeda propagandist Anwar al-Awlaki's posthumous existence inspiring jihadists on the internet.

The Trouble With Reporting On Prisons

Friday, September 23, 2016

Prisoners across the country are demanding better living conditions and rights, but restrictive access and interview policies prevent us from hearing them.

Organizing a National Prison Strike From Behind Bars

Friday, September 23, 2016

Inmates across the country have stopped working in order to end what they call "prison slavery."

Great is Peter Thiel and Most Worthy of Praise

Friday, September 23, 2016

Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel funded the lawsuit that sunk Gawker. Now, a fellowship is enticing journalists to investigate Thiel's businesses--definitely not as payback.

The Manhunt Message

Friday, September 23, 2016

Last Monday, New York City authorities sent a push alert to millions of New Yorkers warning them about a suspect. But with no photo and only 90 characters, what good could it do?

Facebook Throws Out the Rule Book

Friday, September 16, 2016

Is Facebook a platform or a publisher...or something else entirely?

Understanding Pepe

Friday, September 16, 2016

White supremacist, neo-Nazi, or just a feel good guy who's fallen in with the wrong crowd? Examining the origins and true spirit of Pepe the Frog.

Counting the Deplorables

Friday, September 16, 2016

When Clinton said last week that half of Trump's supporters are a "basket of deplorables" the press excoriated her gaffe. Is that the best 'political analysis' we can get?

What Is The Alt-Right ?

Friday, September 16, 2016

Until recently, white supremacist rhetoric was the province of people previously known as the lunatic fringe. So, what's changed?

How To Write About Native Americans

Friday, September 16, 2016

Lakota elders protesting the Dakota Access pipeline on horseback make for powerful photos. But these images can also reinforce harmful stereotypes.

The Difficulties of Reporting on Standing Rock

Friday, September 16, 2016

One of the first journalists to cover Standing Rock on the difficulty of reporting on and maintaining the trust of Native protesters. 

It's Always Been "Post-Truth" Politics

Friday, September 09, 2016

Donald Trump has told outlandish lies throughout his campaign, but his supporters don't seem to care. Thus, pundits have declared this an era of "post-truth" politics.

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Islamophobia Edition

Friday, September 09, 2016

A guide to navigating the Islamophobic ignorance, fear and hate-mongering in today's media.

The Truth About (The Narrative About) Millennials

Friday, September 02, 2016

You know the tropes about millennials: they're destructive, self-absorbed, and killing our economy. But where does that narrative come from? And why do the media love it so much?

Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Election Polls Edition, Part 2

Friday, September 02, 2016

We warned before against taking general election polls too seriously, too early. So, what about now? Harry Enten of FiveThirtyEight explains how much to read into polls -- and when.

Therapists Against Trumpism

Friday, August 26, 2016

Mental health experts are generally advised to stay out of political debate. But are there moments that call for a break with convention?

If You Can't Beat 'Em, Diagnose 'Em

Friday, August 26, 2016

As right-wing rumors about Clinton's health spread, the media continues to speculate about Trump's mental health. On the ethics of diagnosing candidates.

Bob's Grill #4: ExxonMobil's Richard Keil

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week on Bob's Grill: an interview with ExxonMobil spokesman Richard Keil about an investigation into what the company knew, and when, about climate change.
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The Business of Books By the Foot

Friday, August 19, 2016

The Frederick, Maryland warehouse of Wonder Book is where unwanted used books go to find a second life--as decorative objects sold by the foot to fill empty bookshelves.