This blog is home to the thoughts and ideas of Mike Plugh (ploo), father, scholar, fan, and citizen. Mike completed his PhD in the Media and Communication program at Temple University, and was a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University for four years before taking a position as an Assistant Professor of Communication at Manhattan College. Mike’s scholarship is informed by the media ecology and general semantics traditions, particularly with respect to the writing of Neil Postman. His masters thesis “Progressive Political Identity Construction in Web-Based Social Network Environments”was completed at Fordham University under the direction of Professors Lance Strate, Paul Levinson, and John Phelan. Professor Levinson included the following blurb in the introduction to his 2009 book “New, New Media” about Mike:
“In my dual capacity as author and professor, every book I write – even my science fiction – is to some degree indebted to the inspiration of my students, now and over the years, to the questions they asked and the stimulus they provided…I cannot possibly thank every student by name. But two, in particular – Mike Plugh and Yulia Golobokova – made contributions so valuable that their names appear not only here in my acknowledgements but in the pages of this book,” page xiv.
Mike has been teaching for over 9 years, including several years with children and teens, and with undergraduate students at Manhattan College, Fordham University, Akita International University, and Ursinus College. His teaching experience includes a range of Communication and Media Studies courses, as well as composition and rhetoric work with second language learners.
As of October 2016, Mike is the President of the New York State Communication Association.
In addition to his work in academia, Mike has been blogging since 2004, and has written professionally for Baseball Prospectus, Sports Illustrated (SI.com), Medium, and Salon.com. He has appeared on CBS Radio, XM’s MLB Radio Network, and NPR.
Mike is a resident of the Greater New York City area and spends considerable time in the Greater Philadelphia area with both personal and professional roots in both locations. He returned to the United States in August of 2012 after nearly 9 years in Akita Prefecture, Japan. He is a husband and the father of two small children.
For more information about Mike, or to request an interview, write to mike [at] plugh [dot] net.