Take My Courses, Please!

Posted: March 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Writing | Comments Off

ENGLISH 276: Introduction to Rhetoric
Ben McCorkle
M/W 10:00 -12:00 pm
5 Credit Hours, Fulfills GEC requirement in Arts & Humanities, Culture & Ideas

English 553: 20th Century US Fiction–”Amazing Tales of Sci-Fi!”
Ben McCorkle
MW 1-3
5 credit hours. Fulfills English Major Requirement for for Upper-division course in post-1900 Literature

Cornfield Review: Online (2010)

Posted: October 12th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Teaching, Typography/Graphic Design, Writing | No Comments »


The new issue of Cornfield Review: Online is go! See it here.


Posted: March 25th, 2010 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Research, Teaching | No Comments »

Just a quick plug for an upcoming conference: tomorrow and Saturday at the OSU Blackwell Center, academics and professionals interested in the role of digital technologies in teaching, training, reading, writing, etc. will be gathering to attend the CRR Unconference (The CRR is for “Compose, Read, and Research”), sponsored by the OSU’s Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing and coordinated by director Dickie Selfe. I’ll be personally interested in seeing how the “unconference” structure plays out in real life (informal discussions, schedule determined on the fly, netbook-enabled notetakers for each session). Should be fun…

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.

“Everybody Has A Literacy Story…”: The Aftermath

Posted: May 24th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Research | No Comments »

Thanks to everyone who contributed or otherwise helped out with OSU-Marion’s Digital Archive of Literacy Narratives event. Your efforts have helped to build up what promises to be an invaluable scholarly resource–and the stories themselves are fascinating to listen to, to boot!

If you weren’t able to submit a narrative, not to fear. The site is always up and ready to accept contributions: just head on over to http://daln.osu.edu.

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.


Posted: November 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, web 2.0 | No Comments »

So I’m a sucker for all these new data visualization trends emerging on the Web of late (in fact, those who know me in meatspace probably want me to shut up talking about it by now)—I think they offer us the potential to reimagine how data (including language, of course) actually functions in our crazy networked world, and they’re pretty cool looking to boot.  Here are a few pieces of eye candy that have been on my radar recently:

  • Viewzi (meta-search engine offering several different visual mash-ups of  search term results)
  • Visualization Lab (NYTimes and IBM team up for this sandbox where users can generate their own reps based on an available database of census data, speech transcripts, etc.)
  • Windowshop (Amazon’s slick new interface lets you navigate through a space of quick-loading media “tiles” representing new music, movies, games, books, and other digital goodness)

visualization lab

Image Credit: naesyllek, via flickr (CC-licensed: by-nc-nd).

Google: Owning Yet Another Piece of My Soul

Posted: September 8th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, web 2.0 | No Comments »

So over the past few weeks, I’ve really gotten into Google Reader, the web-based RSS feed aggregator. In the past, I’ve tried Slashdock, Yahoo’s portal page, and similar products, but  none of those hit the spot in quite the same way as Google has.  For those of you who’d like a glimpse into my predilections, with the occasional pithy commentary, feel free to follow my shared feed, where you’ll be privy to all sorts of fantastical posts on matters ranging from zombies, robots, and hacking to intellectual property, digital media, and 8-bit retro-gaming. And so much more. Also, note the link in my blogroll for those times you’re wanting a Bubbling Cauldron fix, only I can’t be bothered to update it. Cuz yeah, I’ve been busy.

Ubiquity: Please, Please Let This Reach the Beta Stage

Posted: August 27th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Open Source, web 2.0 | No Comments »

ubiquity logoThe Semantic Web just got one step closer with Mozilla Labs latest project, Ubiquity. If you’re a fan of contextual keyboard-based apps like Quicksilver or Growl, this will make sense to you. If not, take a look anyway. It’s like glimpsing the future.

Spatial, Semantic, Gestural

Posted: August 7th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Internet, Research, web 2.0 | No Comments »

The computer interface experience of the not-too-distant future? Mozilla and Adaptive Path join forces for this proof-of-concept video featuring Aurora, what they describe as “one possible future user experience for the Web.” And as an added bonus, the video has a touch of drama scripted into it: two rival farmers arguing about rainfall data and subsequent crop yields (it gets pretty nasty boring).

(Sidenote: I’ve really been digging Vimeo lately—their site design is clean, load times are quick, and video quality is pretty good. Watch your back, YouTube.)




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