CCCC in Louisville…

Posted: March 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Free Culture/IP, Research, Self-Promotion, Travel | Comments Off

In case any of you were wondering (and I’ll bet that you were), here’s my itinerary for this year’s CCCC:

Session/Date/Time Presenter Name Presentation Title Panel Title
MW.1 Wednesday, Mar 17

9:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Ben McCorkle It’s been ‘Sweded’: Incorporating internet memes into assignment designs (Workshop) Digital Media and Learning in a Social World

(org: Dickie Selfe)

C.37 Thursday, Mar 18

1:45 PM to 3:00 PM

Ben McCorkle Activity #3: Intellectual Property and the Politics of Reader vs. Writer (Chair) “Stirred, Not Shaken: An Assessment Remixology”

(w/ Catherine Braun, Susan Delagrange)

I.35Friday, Mar 19

12:30pm to 1:45pm

Ben McCorkle N/A (Chair) Palin/Pathos/Peter Griffin: Political Video Remix and Rhetorical Pedagogy

I’ll also be helping out with the Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives on Friday morning, so if you’re around and so inclined, stop by the booth and give us your story.

Take My Class… Please!

Posted: February 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, web 2.0 | No Comments »

‘Cause I worked really hard on this flyer:


ENG 269: Digital Media Composing
M/W 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

5 credit hours. Fulfills GEC requirement for: Arts and Humanities, Analysis of Texts and Works of Art, Visual/Performing Arts. Meets group elective requirement of professional writing minor.

Web 2.0. The Cloud. Social Networking. Twitter. Podcasting. Ten years ago, we would have been scratching our heads trying to figure out the meanings of these cryptic terms, but today, they are becoming increasingly commonplace for us. More and more, we have a hand in actively shaping the landscape that creates such terms: the Internet. For this course, we will focus on the issues associated with creating digital media content (in other words, using computers to make meaning by combining words, images, and sound). In addition to examining the formal properties and social implications of digital media texts (the various genres of online discourse and how they circulate through the web), we will also investigate the practical , rhetorical, and ethical dimensions of composing in a digital world. No experience with digital media is required for this course, but during the quarter, you will develop a digital portfolio that includes a variety of larger and smaller projects using different combinations of images, audio, and animation. Texts TBD.

Harlot: New Issue, With Special Section on Presidential Rhetoric (With Work by Me Contained Therein)

Posted: April 17th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Free Culture/IP, Research, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion | No Comments »

For those of you interested in following my scholarly output, please do take note: The new issue of Harlot (the OSU-based online journal of rhetorical criticism/analysis/theory with a more populist spin) is out, and yours truly has a piece included within. Part of the special section on “Presidential Rhetoric,” my contribution is called “The Annotated Obama Poster,” and it’s a meditation/critique/series of observations on Sheperd Fariey’s near-ubiquitous Obama “HOPE” poster (a subject still very much in the news as the legal wrangling between Fairey and the AP continues). Plus, I’m in the good company of fine folks like Elizabeth Losh, John C. Landreau, and a host of others, so please give the issue a look-see, won’t you?

More Shameless Self-Promotion…

Posted: April 10th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Self-Promotion, Uncategorized | Tags: , , | No Comments »

I meant to hype this several weeks ago, but, well… things were happening, all right? Anyhoo, the Digital Media Studies program has a new flash-based promo up that’s pretty slick and worth a peep (Kudos to Melanie Yergeau for the mad Flash-fu). So peep, fools!

PS.– Some of my own stuff is mixed into this promo; find it all and win a prize!

My (Prospective) Students: Take This Course

Posted: February 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching | No Comments »


I mean, just look at the cool flyer… why wouldn’t you take this course? Am I right? Anyway, here’s the course description:

MW 10-12
5 credit hours. Fulfills GEC Requirement for Analysis of Texts and Works of Art: Cultures and Ideas

Do you know that friend of yours who is somehow always able to convince you to do things you know that you shouldn’t, like drive up to Cedar Point in the dead of winter and go ice skating on the frozen water rides when you have a test the next morning? Or what about the time you were goaded into participating in that hardboiled egg eating contest, even after your doctor warned you about your high cholesterol levels? Ever wonder how it is that you keep falling for those arguments over and over again? No, it isn’t sorcery, some sort of experimental mind control technology developed by the CIA, or even some deep-seated fault in your character. The secret to your friend’s success is rhetoric, and this course will help you understand just how it operates and how you can disarm its powerful influence over you.

“Introduction to Rhetoric” is a course that deals with what is perhaps the oldest academic discipline in Western civilization. This study of the persuasive arts is also useful for us even today, especially in an age where new media forms are changing the nature of how we communicate with one another. To better understand the history and theory behind this all-powerful discourse tool, this course explains the basic concepts of rhetoric developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans. It also examines some of the more important changes to rhetorical theory over the discipline’s 2500-year existence and considers how they apply to actual practice.

Texts TBD. Requirements include course paper, class discussion, readings, and additional assignments. For more information, contact Ben McCorkle (

I’m Not One to Toot My Own Horn,…

Posted: December 18th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Open Source, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, web 2.0, Writing | No Comments »

wiki writing book…but “toot! toot!” Hot off the University of Michigan presses is the edited collection Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom, edited by Matt Barton and Robert Cummings.  Yours truly has a chapter buried somewhere in there, titled “GlossaTechnologia: Anatomy of a Wiki-Based Annotated Bibliography” (more on that cryptic title soon, so stay tuned). I should add that the book is out on the Michigan’s digitalculturebooks imprint, so check that space periodically for updated content related to the collection in the very near future.

Upcoming Talk: Watson Conference

Posted: October 14th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Open Source, Research, Self-Promotion, Writing | No Comments »

Image:newbadge.jpgI’ll be giving a presentation on GlossaTech this Friday at the 7th Biennial Thomas R. Watson Conference, held at the University of Louisville. My talk will be part of a panel titled “Designing Digital Scholarship (and Having it Count): A Case Built On Three Perspectives,” also featuring H. Lewis Ulman, Susan Delagrange, and respondent Cheryl E. Ball. Hope to see *someone* there!

Headed to Athens

Posted: May 22nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Self-Promotion, Travel | No Comments »

Your fearless (or reckless, or hapless, or…) narrator is off this morning to eventually set foot in sunny, sweltering Athens, Georgia, where he’ll attend the annual Computers & Writing Conference this weekend.

I’ll be on a couple of panels there: one to discuss how open source products have aided/abetted various publishing initiatives on our campus, and the other to discuss the feasibility of organizing a group of like-minded individuals to develop productive dialog and volunteer services in conjunction with the open source community.

Also, while there: bowling, The Grit, Peppinos, The Lunch Paper, and catching up with old friends…

Post-CCCC Post (See?)

Posted: April 20th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Self-Promotion, Travel | No Comments »

Beignet Sugar

  • New Orleans was as humid as all get-out, but I made it out alive.
  • L’esprit de cours is still thriving in French Qtr. and Garden district. :)
  • 9th ward is desolate. :(
  • Panel presentation went well: got paper requests, healthy interaction from crowd of 2 dozen.
  • KPaul’s is a little better than Emeril’s… both made my heart hurt with the butter (always with the butter!)
  • Ellis was phenomenal.
  • Flickr photoset here (more pics forthcoming, but I have to get them off the camera…blech!).

Read My Cool Tools Review

Posted: April 10th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Self-Promotion, Teaching | No Comments »

I made it into Kevin Kelly’s excellent Cool Tools review blog (edited by Steven Leckart), with a review of the online file converter service Zamzar (which I mostly like).  Read it here.




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