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BOB GARFIELD

Bob Garfield is editor at large for MediaPost. A long-time advertising and media industry columnist, critic, author, essayist, pundit, international lecturer and co-host of National Public Radio’s Peabody Award-winning “On the Media” series, he previously wrote for Advertising Age and contributes a biweekly column to The Guardian.

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  • Metamurder in Garfield at Large on 08/31/2015

    For ironic good measure, the particular terminology for this sort of news segment is "live shot." Deranged killing as performance art. A perfect, premeditated metamurder.

  • We Are All Ashley Madison in Garfield at Large on 08/24/2015

    If we are speaking of luring the weak into following their worst impulses, or of promising illusory benefits, or failing to disclose potential harm, maybe we should be a bit slower to point fingers. To one degree or another, there's plenty of Ashley Madison to go around.

  • The Inevitable Happens. The World Is Stunned in Garfield at Large on 08/17/2015

    Exterminating advertising is something like exterminating bats and spiders. They trigger visceral disgust, but they perform a very valuable function in the ecosystem. We need a functioning advertising economy to underwrite the news and entertainment content that amuses the world, and not incidentally, undergirds our democracy.

  • The Annals Of Native Advertising: Syria Travel Edition in Garfield at Large on 08/10/2015

    For 14 centuries Homs has been a jewel of Islamic dynasties. The history still pulses through the sun and rubble, and the world's most intrepid adventurers have come here to make it theirs. Here, in the cradle of civilization, they devote their lives to see a new society emerge -- perhaps soon to envelop the globe.

  • That's Orwell and Good For Mario, But... in Garfield at Large on 08/03/2015

    The Right to be Forgotten cannot coexist with the actual Helsinki right of free expression and is merely a contrivance of a European Union that believes it can regulate away any unpleasantness of modern life. An advocacy group called Consumer Watchdog has petitioned the FTC asking that in the name of online privacy, the same right be accorded to Americans.

  • Thanks A Lot... Suckers! in Garfield at Large on 07/27/2015

    As the late Sen. Everett Dirksen famously observed, "a billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you're talking about real money." And to show for it, what? Merely the knowledge that if you give away something useful for free, lots and lots of people will take you up on the offer.

  • Great Job, Sir! in Garfield at Large on 07/19/2015

    Donald -- Congratulations on another super strong week, profile-raising-wise! You're out there saying the things only you have the courage to say. But I wonder if we're not getting off track a bit strategically.

  • Adfellas in Garfield at Large on 07/06/2015

    One of the cleverer gambits to avert the utter collapse of the media economy is the experiment by Google called Contributor. It enables users to block ads on their favorite Web sites by instead paying small sums a la carte for the content. And it does so with the ultimate nod to the free market... with maybe just a hint of the black one.

  • It's All Greek To Me in Garfield at Large on 06/29/2015

    We are told we are in a golden age of content, ingenuity and utility. But we are not. Because almost nobody has located the gold. Call it the Geek capital crisis.

  • Gorgeous in Garfield at Large on 06/22/2015

    Media-buying transparency or whatever can hold off a week. Will you please permit me, on the occasion of Father's Day, to devote a few words to something personal? To be specific, it's a bit of an update to my dad, who died young and missed my entire adult life, not to mention a lot of his own.

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  • Freedom Isn't Free by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 05/11/2015)

    Martin,You are a very careless reader, an arsonist of strawmen ("proves") and almost hilariously uninformed about whose article you are reading, and what preceded it.BG

  • P.R. Wild Pitches, Spring Edition by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 03/30/2015)

    Thanks, Matthew, but it's worse than just arrogrance. It borders on delusions of grandeur. I'm actually letting myself believe that semiannual shaming will make some p.r. shops cleave -- if not to best practices --at least not to abusive practices. So, no. It's not a childish one-off. It's another one of my crusades. I take note of your objection; it is well taken. And I appreciate the compliments, too. But I proceed -- not for my sake but for that of the p.r. profession.

  • Lord, Blessed Is The Man Who Trusts in You. Forbes, Not So Much by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 02/16/2015)

    Philip Moore, Fantastic analogy. I will now use it liberally without crediting you. Many thanks. Bob

  • Used Car Dealers And Carny Folk....You're Lookin' Good! by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/19/2015)

    Margaret, Kvetching and complaining are synonyms. Also, I've done 125 columns for MediaPost. Maybe 6 have been about the cable company. Which, considering its place in the media ecosystem, is probably not enough. Also, we are not speaking of a few bad apples. We are speaking of entire companies, entire segments of the business built on dishonesty and outright fraud. Gotta go. I'm kvetching again. And retching again. Bob

  • Truth, The Partial Truth And Definitely Not The Whole Truth by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 12/15/2014)

    Ken, Because "Mythbusters" -- like journalism -- is driven by its presumed impartiality. He's taking borrowed interest from that show and selling it to McDonald's. Among other ethical concerns, this will raise questions in viewers minds about "Mythbusters" and what there is for sale.

  • Tip For Career Day: Stay Home by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 12/07/2014)

    Benny, You did say "muted" didn't you? And the ad is placed there to...whaddya call it...advertise, not merely to suck data from you. And the advertiser gets exactly what it's paying for. As to your your implication of hypocrisy, if MediaPost were up to something boorish and sleazy, I promise you I'd be the shrillest voice. Now then, was there something you care to say about the actual business practices I am criticizing?

  • In The Drink by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 11/24/2014)

    Another Clinton hater! No consequences???????? See "Yeah, Nicholas" above

  • In The Drink by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 11/24/2014)

    Yeah, Nicholas, Clinton got such a free ride: two years of his every lie and trespass recounted daily over the fold on page one in every newspaper in the world, plus getting impeached by the U.S. Senate. By the way, since you don't seem to be able to consider one subject without reflexively raising an entirely unrelated one, you might just remind yourself this: nobody has ever accused Clinton of rape.

  • Kick(start)ed In The Gut by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 10/13/2014)

    Thanks, John. And to all of you...even to my own personal online troll. Keep complaining; it proves I'm still drawing breath. And, Zendelle, the search function seems to be working now. Thanks for the heads-up.

  • From Shark Week To Snark Week by Barbara Lippert (Mad Blog on 08/14/2014)

    When I do my Shark Week interview this week, I will not even hesitate to invoke "jump the shark." Not for an instant.

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