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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 Radio Can Teach The Internet

Friday, February 27, 2015

Net neutrality is a 21st century concern, but the policy debate that erupted between FCC chairs, business and citizens echoes an eerily similar fray— from 70 years ago.

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Islamoconsciousness

Friday, February 20, 2015

In the ongoing aftermath of the Chapel Hill shootings of three Muslim students, Bob canvasses a media climate come under great criticism.

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The Semantics of Terrorism

Friday, February 20, 2015

Bob talks with Scott Shane of the New York Times about the criticism of President Obama's language when describing acts of violent extremism.

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The History of a Fearful Word

Friday, February 20, 2015

The Guardian's David Shariatmadari chronicles the fraught history of the word "terrorism." 

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Remembering David Carr, New York Times Media Critic

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bob remembers David Carr, whose candor and insight into the digital media world made him a trusted voice to fellow journalists and readers alike.

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Geeks Bearing Gifts

Friday, February 13, 2015

Bob imagines new futures for news with journalism professor Jeff Jarvis.

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Black, White and Red All Over

Friday, February 13, 2015

The Wilmington Race Riots of 1898 were galvanized by racism in the local press. More than a century later, two newspapers apologized. 

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The Legacy of Lynching

Friday, February 13, 2015

This week, 700 new victims were added to the tally of over 3,200 African-Americans lynched in the Jim Crow era South. Bryan Stevenson says we've got the legacy of lynching wrong, too.

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On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

Friday, February 06, 2015

A sneak peak of this week's OTM: Bob inoculates with a little history and a lot of common sense on the anti-vaccination "controversy."  
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The Scientologists and the Film Critics

Friday, February 06, 2015

With the debut of the new documentary "Going Clear," the Church of Scientology has a host of new targets for its PR campaign: film critics. 

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Thousands of Secret Torture Photos

Friday, February 06, 2015

The U.S. government is withholding thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture for fear, it claims, of violent repercussions. 

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On the Anti-Vax Non-troversy

Friday, February 06, 2015

As the measles continue to spread across the country, the anti-vaccination movement swells to mount its steed, and Bob relates the debate not at hand.

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Horror With A Purpose

Friday, February 06, 2015

Georgetown University's Bruce Hoffman on the calculated intention behind ISIS's acts of unthinkable horror.

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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, & the Prison of Belief

Friday, February 06, 2015

Following the debut of the film version of his book at Sundance, we revisit an interview with "Going Clear" author Lawrence Wright from 2013.

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ISIS Video Shocks Arab World

Friday, February 06, 2015

The ISIS video depicting Jordanian pilot Muath al-Kaseasbeh being burned alive pierced through the violence fatigue of the Arab world, says FT correspondent Borzou Daragahi.

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The Myth Behind Defensive Gun Ownership

Friday, January 30, 2015

There’s a myth in America that firearms are used defensively 2.5 million times a year. That's not true.

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Don't Say His Name

Friday, January 30, 2015

As jury selection in the trial of the Aurora shooter proceeds, families of the victims implore the media to refrain from using the gunman's name. 

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Security Journalism Isn't A Crime

Friday, January 30, 2015

Journalist and activist Barrett Brown received a lengthy prison sentence for "linking to hacked material." Security journalist Quinn Norton worries her beat might now be criminalized.

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Guantanamo Diary

Friday, January 23, 2015

Bob speaks with Larry Siems, the editor of Guantanamo Diary, a memoir by a Guantanamo Bay inmate imprisoned for more than 12 years without charge.

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Regret the Error 2014

Friday, January 09, 2015

Every year at this time, we invite Craig Silverman, of Emergent.info and the "Regret the Error" blog on Poynter, to fill us in on the media's biggest mistakes of the past 12 months.

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