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.


Bob Garfield appears in the following:

Beware Trump Investigation Big-Talk

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Trump may be criminally charged sooner, or later, than you think. Or not at all. 

The Checkered History of "Deradicalization"

Friday, February 19, 2021

Who decides what is "extreme"? 

An Ex-Neo-Nazi on De-radicalization

Friday, February 19, 2021

On accepting responsibility and bettering the world.

Redirecting Extremism's Recruits

Friday, February 19, 2021

Experiments in distracting those veering in the direction of ideological violence.

Neutralizing Hateful Propaganda

Friday, February 19, 2021

On the possibilities and limitations of "attitudinal inoculation."

How Rush Limbaugh Paved The Way For Trump REBROADCAST

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

And transformed the GOP.

Is Fox News Guilty of Incitement?

Friday, February 05, 2021

Probably not. 

The Fairness Doctrine Won't Fix Fox

Friday, February 05, 2021

Why the 20th-century regulation could be a tool for illiberalism. 

Deplatforming Fox News

Friday, February 05, 2021

A growing chorus of journalists and activists want to see Fox taken off the air.

Twenty Years of On The Media

Friday, January 22, 2021

Bob and Brooke reflect on two decades worth of shows.

The Shepard Tone Turns Off

Friday, January 22, 2021

After four plus years, a (short-lived) reprieve.

The Zello Tapes: The Walkie-Talkie App Used During The Insurrection

Friday, January 15, 2021

Listen to recordings from an insurrectionist as she stormed the Capitol.

The Great Deplatforming

Friday, January 15, 2021

After years of incitement, Donald Trump lost his digital megaphone.

Follow The (Lack of) Money

Friday, January 15, 2021

How financial sanctions for anti-democratic plots and insurrectionist violence might — or might not — work. 

The Dark Familiarity of Trump's Lost Cause

Friday, January 08, 2021

How Trump and his followers are using the tactics and symbols of the "Lost Cause" to establish influence in defeat.

Why Appeasement Won't Work This Time Around

Friday, January 08, 2021

Compromise didn't work after the Civil War. It won't work this time, either.

What Do We Call This?

Friday, January 08, 2021

On Wednesday, as law enforcement struggled to respond, journalists struggled for words. 

For Cities, Does Density Mean Coronavirus Destiny?

Friday, January 01, 2021

Instinctive anti-urbanism in coronavirus coverage has a long history in America.

Body Meets World

Friday, January 01, 2021

As the pandemic forces us to renegotiate our relationship with the built world, we look to past pandemics and the work of disability rights advocates for guidance.

A Brief History of Timekeeping

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

2020 is over. But is it really?