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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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  • Top 7 Things Nobody Will Miss When The Internet Disappears in Garfield at Large on 01/26/2015

    The Internet will fade into the background, says Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Google. Yes, it will just vanish, like Amelia Earhart or state gay marriage bans or NBC's "Bad Judge." Poof. Up in smoke. Now there will be things I'll miss, but there are other things that the Internet has perpetrated that we can simply do without.

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

    Sure, advertising has always been thematically dishonest, I suppose. It depicts a world of smiling people, made grinningly content by consumer goods -- which in the long run is the opposite of true. And behind the scenes, ad agencies did often get screwed by corrupt employees and vendors even as they were themselves screwing clients. Ah, for the good old days. Compared to now, they were 99 44/100ths pure.

  • Seeking Penicillin For A Nasty Dose in Garfield at Large on 01/12/2015

    This weekend, "On the Media" did a story about Internet content poachers such as Dose.ca, which cuts and pastes nascent memes from around the Web, optimizes headlines, and redistributes them with little or no credit or linkage to the original authors and copyright holders. What's reprehensible is the impunity with which it all takes place.

  • Disservice With A Smile in Garfield at Large on 01/05/2015

    A gang of hacker extortionists is going the extra mile to simplify and facilitate a transaction for its ransomware victims -- even if the transaction is ransom to liberate one's computer files from CryptoWall's possession. If CryptoWall can take the anxiety out of blackmail, maybe someday, if you're not afraid to dream, your modem can be replaced in a 4-hour window.

  • This Story Will Restore Your Faith...But Not Your Phone Service in Garfield at Large on 12/22/2014

    If you're going to choose a customer to be unavoidably detained from five times in one week, wouldn't be wise to check him out? Is he someone willing to rally the faithless into demanding better -- NOT to resolve his own situation, which will eventually get sorted out (it's only been a month, after all), but to inspire and motivate the huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Because that could really be a nuisance, as many can attest.

  • Truth, The Partial Truth And Definitely Not The Whole Truth in Garfield at Large on 12/15/2014

    The attempt to fight rumor with fact will not conquer blind zealotry. On the other hand, it does demonstrate that McDonald's is capable of not merely paying lip service to transparency, but embracing it.

  • Tip For Career Day: Stay Home in Garfield at Large on 12/07/2014

    As a professional observer of the passing scene, I thought I might visit a site awash in the paid impressions that technically qualify under Google's definition, but nonetheless leave no impression. My journey began on Yahoo's home page -- an ideal mixture of editorially curated clickbait and Venus-flytrap native.

  • Seymour, Stomach Less in Garfield at Large on 12/01/2014

    This is about a very, very special commercial from a very, very special person. Jane Seymour. The actress is also a painter -- and a jewelry pitchwoman, spinning inspiring tales of pretend human generosity. As Seymour says to open the spot for Kay Jewelers: "Behind every heart there is a story" -- three stories, told in five-second montages featuring attractive actors acting out triumph over adversity. Oh, Jane, such transcendent goodness and tight editing! Tell us...what is it all about?

  • In The Drink in Garfield at Large on 11/24/2014

    Until last week, it was just a series of rumblings. The allegations were of horrible episodes, but they simply didn't penetrate the mantle of achievement, riches and accumulated goodwill of the groundbreaking icon. To dwell on the dirt would require you to see a hero as a monster. Now we have to answer hard questions about events, and about ourselves. What will we tolerate when we are in the thrall of genius, and what will we be willing to look away from?

  • Moby Dick, Brought To You By The Whale & Ale Pub in Garfield at Large on 11/17/2014

    This is a thinly veiled autobiographical tale of universal malevolence and the struggle against it by a monomaniacal hero -- yours truly. There will be heartbreak, danger, toil and the world's largest family of exchange-traded funds, a wholly owned subsidiary of BlackRock, offering not just a diversified investment instrument but low fees and significant tax advantages over equities.

Comments by Bob All comments by 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.

  • Supreme Disappointment by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 06/30/2014)

    Marcelo, Dude...irony. Irony. Bob

  • Literally The Worst Thing Ever by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/13/2014)

    Oxford: informal used for emphasis or to express strong feeling while not being literally true. "I have received literally thousands of letters" Merriam-Webster: in effect : virtually

  • Literally The Worst Thing Ever by Bob Garfield (Garfield at Large on 01/13/2014)

    @Lynn Taylor Not an oops, Lynn. A joke. It's about language errors, so I threw in a malapropism.

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