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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:

The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 1)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Josh Ostrovsky, better known by his social media alter-ego "The Fat Jew," was recently signed by mega-agency CAA, arousing the ire of comedians who say he steals their jokes.

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The Fat Jew: Superstar or Supervillain? (Part 2)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Vilified by the media, Josh Ostrovsky (aka "The Fat Jew") mostly declined comment to the press, until Vulture.com's Jesse David Fox finally persuaded him to talk. It didn't go well.

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Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Stock Market Volatility Edition

Friday, August 28, 2015

When stocks go haywire, so do reporters. A breaking news consumer's handbook to help you make sense of senseless stock market coverage. 

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Summer Listens #8: Crackerjack

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The eighth in our summer listening series. 
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Fighting for the Future (With the Tools of the Past)

Friday, August 21, 2015

A nonprofit harnesses the power of fax machines to protest cybersecurity legislation.

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An American "Right To Be Forgotten?"

Friday, August 21, 2015

It takes little effort to make an impression online. But erasing that impression can be impossible. Privacy watchdog John Simpson on the need for a "right to be forgotten" in the US.

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The Socrates of the NSA

Friday, August 21, 2015

Buried in the trove of documents leaked by Edward Snowden was a series of internal opinion columns entitled The SIGINT Philosopher. How'd the NSA wind up with an in-house philosopher?

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Summer Listens #7: Playing One On TV

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

The seventh in our summer listening series.
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Lessig's More (And He Might Run For President)

Friday, August 14, 2015

Voters say they want electoral reform, so where's the groundswell? Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig says he has a way to hack a referendum into the 2016 election. Okay, we'll bite.

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When A Journalist Becomes An "Unprivileged Belligerent"

Friday, August 14, 2015

This summer the Department of Defense released its comprehensive "Law of War Manual," sparking an uproar from the journalistic community.

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Roger Ailes Gets Trumped

Friday, August 14, 2015

Fox News president Roger Ailes got the record ratings he was hoping for from the network's GOP primary debate - but at what cost?

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Summer Listens #6: Pitchmen

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

The sixth in our summer listening series.
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Chasing Ghosts

Friday, August 07, 2015

Bob talks with Peter Nickeas whose job it is to drive around the city of Chicago all night reporting on shootings. 

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In Defense of True Crime

Friday, August 07, 2015

Slate's Laura Miller says much True Crime rises above mere pulp. 

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A Cinematic Release

Friday, August 07, 2015

When a funeral director named Bernie Tiede shot and killed a wealthy widow in Carthage, Texas, townspeople were sympathetic toward Bernie and indifferent toward the murder victim. 

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Summer Listens #5: Uncanny Valley

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The fifth in our summer listening series.
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Summer Listens #4: The Anthem

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The fourth in our summer listening series.
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Summer Listens #3: The World is a Morgue

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The third of our summer listening series.
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Summer Listens #2: The Wilhelm Scream

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

The second installment in our new summer listening series. 
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Blocking Ad-Blockers

Friday, July 10, 2015

Online ad-blocking software doesn't just remove advertisements from screens -- it also endangers the internet.

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