Media and Popular Culture
Digital Media and Cyberculture
Mass Communication and Society
Movies and the American Experience
Introduction to Media Industries
Online Journalism Workshop
Bio and Research Interests:
Prior to his work in academia, Mike spent over ten years working in industry as a videographer, television producer, and marketing and promotions producer. His professional work took him across the United States many times over, and around the world. As an educator and researcher, Mike lived in Akita Prefecture, Japan for nearly a decade before returning to the U.S. and Fordham. His time in Japan allowed him the opportunity to write a column on Japanese baseball for Baseball Prospectus, in addition to freelance work for publications like Sports Illustrated and frequent media appearances for outlets like XM Radio's MLB Network.
Mike's research interests include media ecology and general semantics perspectives, in addition to digital media and cyberculture, and issues of globalization. His experience in Japan frequently influences his scholarly work and has provided an important depth and range to his teaching.
Refereed Journal Publications:
Plugh, M. (2012). The Quaker tradition: Meaning in silence. ETC: A review of general semantics, 69(2), pp. 204-215.
Plugh, M. (forthcoming). Koshien Stadium: Time-binding bushido. In S. Drucker and D. A. Herbeck (Eds.), There used to be a ballpark here: Communication, community and the spaces of baseball. NY: Peter Lang Publishing.