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Ben McCorkle is an associate professor of English at Ohio State University at Marion, where he teaches courses on composition, the history and theory of rhetoric, and digital media production. He is the author of the book Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse: A Cross-Historical Study, published by Southern Illinois University Press. He has also published essays in various journals and edited collections, including Computers and Composition Online, Rhetoric Society Quarterly, and Composition Studies.

New book

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Recent publications

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Upcoming engagements

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Current projects

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Areas of Interest

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Rhetorics of technology

My primary research involves investigating various historical periods when established and emerging communication technologies collided with one another. My interests lie in figuring out how society made sense of these moments of technological transition, the arguments they made in order to adjust to new communication practices, forms, and rules.


Digital culture

I also like to contemplate the sturm und drang that is our contemporary digital landscape, as well as the factors that help shape it: the cultural, the historical, the political, the technological, and the rhetorical.


New media pedagogy

As a teacher, I'm fascinated by the possibilities that new media technologies offer my students. By working with new media from both consumption and production standpoints, my goal is to promote students' critical thinking and active participation, along with stronger technical, rhetorical, and design sensibilities.

Selected Projects

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Rhetorical Delivery as Technological Discourse
Project 1

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Annotated Obama Poster
Project 2

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Visiting Scholars interview series
Project 3

The Visiting Scholars interview series

Project 4

Recent article in Composition Studies