Mark Crispin Miller

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Mark Crispin Miller
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Miller speaking at New York City's Open Center in 2012
Born1949 (age 71–72)
Academic background
Alma materNorthwestern University (BA)
Johns Hopkins University (MA, PhD)
Academic work
DisciplineMedia studies
InstitutionsNew York University (NYU)

Mark Crispin Miller (born 1949) is a professor of media studies at New York University.[1]

Background and career[edit]

His parents, Jordan and Anita Miller, founded Academy Chicago Publishers. Miller received his bachelor of arts degree from Northwestern University in 1971. He received his master of arts degree from Johns Hopkins University in 1973, from which he also received his Ph.D. in 1977.[citation needed]

Miller is known for his writing on American media and activism advocating democratic media reform. His books include Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Seeing Through Movies, Fooled Again, How the Right Stole the 2004 Elections, and Mad Scientists, a study of war propaganda.

In the introduction to Seeing Through Movies, Miller argues that the nature of American films has been affected by the impact of advertising.[2] He has said that the handful of multinational corporations in control of the American media have changed youth culture's focus away from values and toward commercial interests and personal vanity.[3]

Political and social commentary[edit]

In a June 2001 New York Times profile, Miller told Chris Hedges of his desire "to, as a public intellectual, take a fresh look at the news that we take in daily from TV, news that is astonishingly empty and distorts reality".[4]

According to Miller's book, Fooled Again, the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential elections were stolen. Miller presents evidence supporting his contention that a small minority altered and controlled the outcomes of both elections. He states that the American voting populace can no longer assume that its votes will be accurately counted, and that the widespread installation of electronic voting machines is a fundamental flaw in the U.S. electoral system.

He appeared in the 2004 documentary Orwell Rolls in His Grave, which focuses on the hidden mechanics of the media, what its role is and should be, and how it shapes U.S. politics.

Miller is a signatory to the 9/11 Truth Statement[5] and a member of the 9/11 Truth movement.[6][7] In a 2017 New York Observer interview, he said anyone describing that movement as a conspiracy theory "in a pejorative sense is a witting or unwitting CIA asset".[8] Following a "truthers" symposium on 9/11, "Justice in Focus", Miller told Vice the official explanations for 9/11 and John F. Kennedy's assassination "are just as unscientific as the ones that everybody feels comfortable ridiculing", referring to dismissal of global warming by conservatives.[9]

Miller has shown his students the disgraced physician Andrew Wakefield's anti-vaccination film, Vaxxed.[6][8] On December 31, 2020, Miller appeared on Useful Idiots and said his classes on propaganda used contemporary issues to inform students about how to explore all sides of discussions about issues, assessing the data presented or absent, and how to conduct their own research as a means to determine what is propaganda.[10][non-primary source needed]

As of September 2020, Miller is under a behavioral review by New York University as a result of a complaint made about his allegedly sharing with his students a view that masks may be ineffective against the spread of COVID-19.[11] A number of Miller's departmental colleagues signed a letter to NYU's administration requesting this review. Signatories to the letter state that Miller's conduct is not only unacceptable due to "his stance" on masking, but further allege that Miller's students have repeatedly complained about Miller, alleging that he believes that transgender surgery is a eugenic form of sterilization and that the Sandy Hook shooting was a hoax.[12] Miller has denied these allegations and has sued his faculty colleagues at the university for libel, demanding $750,000 in damages for "numerous misstatements of 'fact' maliciously intended to portray plaintiff in a negative light; to diminish, if not destroy, his professional reputation and standing".[13]


Miller's books include:

  • Miller, Mark Crispin (1988). Boxed in: the Culture of TV. Evanston, IL. ISBN 0-8101-0791-0. OCLC 18017073.[14][15][16][17]
  • Seeing Through Movies (edited, 1990)[18]
  • The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder (2001)[19]
  • Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order (2004)[20]
  • Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them) (2005)[21]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mark Crispin Miller: Professor of Media, Culture, and Communication". NYU Steinhardt. Retrieved 15 June 2020.
  2. ^ Rothenberg, Randall (March 13, 1990). "The Media Business: Advertising; Is It a Film? Is It an Ad? Harder to Tell". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  3. ^ "Interview: Mark Crispin Miller". Frontline. PBS. 2012 [2000]. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Hedges, Chris (June 15, 2001). "Public Lives; Watching Bush's Language, and Television". The New York Times. Retrieved June 15, 2020.
  5. ^ Rossmier, Vincent (11 September 2009). "Would you still sign the 9/11 Truth petition?". Salon. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  6. ^ a b Kennedy, Dominic (June 13, 2020). "Conspiracy theories spread by academics with university help". The Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved June 14, 2020. (subscription required)
  7. ^ Keate, Georgie; Kennedy, Dominic; Shveda, Krystina; Haynes, Deborah (April 14, 2018). "Apologists for Assad working in British universities". The Times. London. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved June 14, 2020. (subscription required)
  8. ^ a b Stutman, Gabe (July 26, 2017). "NYU Professor Uses Tenure to Advance 9/11 Hoax Theory". Observer. New York. Retrieved December 5, 2018.
  9. ^ Thompson, Alex (September 12, 2016). "9/11 'truthers' vow to never, ever forget". Vice. Retrieved April 11, 2020.
  10. ^ Taibbi, Matt; Halper, Katie (December 31, 2020). "Stimulus Checks, Larry Summers, Plus Mark Crispin Miller on Academic Freedom". Rolling Stone.
  11. ^ "NYU Student Calls for Professor's Firing After He Urged Masks Are Propaganda". NBC New York. 23 September 2020. Retrieved 8 December 2020.
  12. ^ No. 160329/2020 - New York County Clerk|30 November 2020
  13. ^ Saltonstall, Gus (December 3, 2020). "NYU Professor Sues Fellow Faculty Members Over Mask Controversy". Yahoo! News. West Village Patch. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Rabinovitz, Lauren (1991). Marc, David; Miller, Mark Crispin; Kaplan, E. Ann; Fiske, John (eds.). "Television Criticism and American Studies". American Quarterly. 43 (2): 358–370. doi:10.2307/2712935. ISSN 0003-0678. JSTOR 2712935.
  15. ^ Fromm, Harold (1989). Levine, Lawrence W.; Miller, Mark Crispin (eds.). "Cultural Power". The Georgia Review. 43 (1): 179–188. ISSN 0016-8386. JSTOR 41399517.
  16. ^ Peck, A. (1988). "I Am a VCR, by Marvin Kitman and Boxed In: The Culture of TV, by Mark Crispin Miller: Chicago Tribune". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  17. ^ "Books". Journal of Communication. 40 (2): 128–192. 1990-06-01. doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1990.tb02266.x. ISSN 0021-9916.
  18. ^ Seeing Through Movies, Pantheon, 1990. Reviews: James E. Vincent ETC, JSTOR 42577289; Janet. Staiger, Journal of Communication, doi:10.1111/j.1460-2466.1991.tb02325.x; Publishers Weekly
  19. ^ The Bush Dyslexicon: Observations on a National Disorder, W.W. Norton, ISBN 0-393-32296-3, 2001. Reviews: Jill Ortner, Library Journal, [1]; Elayne Tobin, The Nation, [2]; Publishers Weekly
  20. ^ Cruel and Unusual: Bush/Cheney's New World Order, W.W. Norton & Company, 2004, ISBN 0-393-05917-0. Reviews: "Early Evaluations of the Bush Presidency", Karen M. Hult and Charles E. Walcott, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, JSTOR 41940149; Michael A. Genovese, Library Journal, [3]; David Lotto, Journal of Psychohistory, [4]
  21. ^ Fooled Again: How the Right Stole the 2004 Election and Why They'll Steal the Next One Too (Unless We Stop Them), New York: Basic Books, 2005, ISBN 0-465-04579-0. Reviews: Publishers Weekly; Kirkus Reviews; Farhad Manjoo, Salon, [5]

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