CCCC Aftermath…


Posted: March 25th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Travel | No Comments »


Just a quick post to let you know that another great CCCC’s now  in the history book. Highlights for me include:

  • a highly useful digital pedagogy poster session (thanks to Dickie Selfe, with assists from Doug Eyman and Eileen Maley)
  • I saw a few interesting panel presentations (apparently Bruno Latour’s stock is still on the rise in rhet/comp)
  • neat-o interactive digital installation
  • I got interviewed by someone reviewing my book
  • St. Louis is a pretty cool city: good Vietnamese food, beautiful botanical garden, plus the insanity of the City Museum.

Upcoming Conference Gauntlet…


Posted: March 30th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Self-Promotion, Teaching, Travel | No Comments »


Just a quick post: for those who want to be in the know regarding my impending conference schedule, look no further:

I’ll leave it to you to dig around and find out what I’m doing and when, ‘cuz I’m a jerk like that (plus, class starts in 10 minutes).


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.


After a Wonderful Week of Tomfoolery, It is Back to Ye Olde Grinde.


Posted: June 22nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »


vegaszion1Lo! We have just returned from a constitutionally restorative week of touring the Desert Southwest (the den of iniquity known as Las Vegas and the lush, verdant sanctuary of Zion Canyon National Park).  These scenic locales truly embody the Yin and Yang of vacation destinations.  I invite you to take a peek at our photographic  documentation of the event, and beseech you to consider such a trip of your own undertaking in the near future.  Cheers!


10 Observations on Mexico City


Posted: March 31st, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: Editorial, Travel | No Comments »


fountain (castillo, mexico city)

…because i just got back from a vay-kay there.

  1. The toll on my lungs, a nicely blended combo of high altitude and smog, didn’t really become noticable until around dusk every day.
  2. Public Displays of Affection are *really* common here, among old, young, straight, and gay alike. It’s pretty noticeable when you walk through parks, festivals, and museums. No one seems unnerved by it, though.
  3. Also notiecable? The policia, federali, military presence. They are *everywhere* and moreover, they all seem to have their guns at the ready. As with #2, though, no one seems too unnerved by it.
  4. The virus that is the American Branding Machine has encroached upon Mexican soil: Starbucks, McDonalds, Applebees, Wal*Mart, and pretty much most other big U.S. corporations can easily be found down there… If one were to squint, one might be forgiven for mistakenly thinking one was in NYC.
  5. Public art is *everywhere.*
  6. Holy cow–there’s an awful lot of old stuff here: churches, pyramids, castles, etc. the U.S. is a cultural baby in terms of Western Hemisphere nation-states.
  7. Despite its bloody back-story, the merging of indigenous and Spanish cultures seems to have happened to a much greater extent than the U.S.’s Anglo-Native American merger…
  8. Tacos al pastor 4-eva!
  9. I’m apparently resistant to Montezuma’s revenge (also known locally as “turistas”). Thankfully.
  10. Pics here.

Greetings from Bar Harbor


Posted: June 9th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Travel | No Comments »


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More pics to come post-vacation, so stay tuned…–ed.


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!).

It’s That Time of Year Again…


Posted: March 30th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: Rhetoric, Self-Promotion, Travel | No Comments »


…When all the bleary-eyed compositionists in the country come out of hibernation and migrate to some centralized location (this year, Nawlins) to talk about readin’, writin’, and all things rhetorical. Me? I’ll be on a panel this Friday morning talking about the role rhetorical theory plays when faced with new media. Oh, and I might get to see Ellis Marsalis, too. Hope to see you there, o gentle readers!

Here’s some session info for the curious types:

Old Rhetorics for New(ish) Media: From Gutenberg to Web 2.0

Session: G.14 on Apr 4, 2008 from 9:30 AM to 10:45 AM


Go see the BODIES Exhibition in Easton


Posted: October 7th, 2007 | Author: | Filed under: Research, Travel | No Comments »


Although it’s a little pricey, BODIES the Exhibition (located in the old CompUSA space in Easton) is well worth the coin—a surprisingly not-so-morbid journey into the viscera that makes us who we are. Childhood flashbacks to Slim Goodbody aside, this would make for great fodder for anyone thinking about writing an article dealing with rhetorics of the body, visual culture, the rhetoric of science and technology, the cultural politics of death and spectacle, the commodity fetishization of mortality, or any of a number of other critical approaches. Grad students, start your engines…


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