Mark Crispin Miller
Professor, Media Ecology
""Academics have a civic obligation to educate the public whenever possible. That's why I am always on the lookout for opportunities to go on the air and to write for a general audience.
Mark Crispin Miller believes that "academics have a civic obligation to educate the public whenever possible. That's why I am always on the lookout for opportunities to go on the air and to write for a general audience."
Miller oversees the Project on Media Ownership. Originating at Johns Hopkins, where Miller received his Ph.D., PROMO’s purpose is to "keep track of who owns what throughout the culture industries, and to study the impact of corporate concentration on the kind of work that comes out of those industries. In other words, how does media consolidation affect the content of journalism and the arts?"
It was Miller's blistering 2001 account of George W. Bush's rise to power, The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, that brought the author his most recent attention. The book is a merciless compendium of Bush blunders and malapropisms to make some larger points about the current state of American democracy. Miller's analysis rankled some, but the book sold well - so much so that a paperback edition, with additional material, was published a year later.
Currently, Miller has published more recent work. Mad Scientists is about war propaganda and the "psychology of those who make it." Another project is American Icons, a series Miller is editing for Yale University Press. For this series Miller himself wrote a volume on the Marlboro Man. Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election & Why They'll Steal the Next One Too is an expose of how the right used fraud to hijack the elections. His newest book is Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order.
Until then Miller continues to interweave his writing and teaching. "I don't make a distinction. I try to teach courses that pertain to what I'm working on. Consequently, everything I do ends up in the classroom."