Bob Garfield, cohost of WNYC’s weekly Peabody Award–winning On the Media, discusses his latest book, _American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves_. He is joined in conversation by WGBH correspondent Arun Rath.
As is often observed, Trump is a symptom of a virus that has been incubating for at least fifty years. But not often observed is where the virus is imbedded: in the psychic core of our identity. _In American Manifesto: Saving Democracy from Villains, Vandals, and Ourselves_, Bob Garfield examines the tragic confluence of the American preoccupation with identity and the catastrophic disintegration of the mass media. Garfield investigates how we’ve gotten to this moment when our identity is threatened by both the left and the right, when e pluribus unum is no longer a source of national pride, and why, when looking through this lens of identity, the rise of Trumpism is no surprise. Overlaying that crisis is the rise of the Facebook-Google duopoly and the filter-bubble archipelago where identity is tribal and immutable.
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