What I'm Researching: Digital Rhetoric, Software Studies, and Composition

I am extremely interested in exploring the rhetoric of digital media and its production, especially in regards to open source software (OSS) and the communal development of OSS programs (both in terms of how software programs are constructed and in terms of how individual and community identities are formed and changed over the course of a program's development). This has lined up most effectively with my interests in open source software and my privilege in teaching students in several innovative learning environments, where I've had the chance to see the different dynamics that can affect the effectiveness of composing with technologies. While the most direct application of this work can be found in professional and technical communication, it can also be extended to writing and composing in a broader sense.

My fascination with connecting together digital technology and composition has aligned with my research into the rhetoric of open source software development. I've recently begun exploring ways to incorporate using and examining open source software within the composition classroom in order to discuss not only the increasing number of software programs available to facilitate composition, but also to discuss the nature of communal programming and related conversation (not unlike academic collaboration, to a great extent).

Journal Articles

Chapters in Edited Collections

  • Brock, Kevin. Establishing Ethos on Proprietary and Open Source Software Websites. Online Credibility and Digital Ethos: Evaluating Computer-Mediated Communication, edited by Shawn Apostel and Moe Folk, IGI Global, 2013, pp. 56-76.
    Reprinted in Software Design and Development: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications, edited by Ankia Barišic, Vasco Amaral, Miguel Goulão, and Barroca, IGI Global, 2014, pp. 915-935.

Book Reviews

Presentations

  • Brock, Kevin. Treating Code as a Persuasive Argument. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 16 March 2017, Portland, OR. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. The Creative Potential of Composing in Code. Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts, 5 November 2016, Atlanta, GA. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. Git as Site for Distributed and Iterative Composition. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 9 April 2016, Houston, TX. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin and Ashley R. Kelly. Rhetorical genres in code. Indiana Digital Rhetoric Symposium, 10 April 2015, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Presentation materials available here.
    Review of IDRS panel by Andrew Iliadis. Sweetland Digital Rhetoric Collaborative. 28 April 2015.
  • Brock, Kevin. Material. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 20 March 2015, Tampa, FL. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. Composing Accessible Code. Computers & Writing, 8 June 2014, Washington State University, Pullman, WA. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. Against NCTECCCC's OWI Effective Principle 2 on Technology as Not-Writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 20 March 2014, Indianapolis, IN. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. Rhetorical Ontologies of Code. Western States Rhetoric and Literacy Conference, 25 October 2013, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. The Public Work of Procedural Pedagogy. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 14 March 2013, Las Vegas, NV. Presentation materials available here.
  • Brock, Kevin. Programming as Writing (with) New Media. Computers & Writing, 19 May 2012, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
  • Brock, Kevin. Establishing Ethos on Proprietary and Open Source Software Websites. Annual Convention of the National Communication Association, 18 November 2011, New Orleans, LA.
  • Brock, Kevin and Jennifer Ware. Tones of Discourse: The Arduino Microprocessor as Translator and Re-signifier. Computers & Writing, 21 May 2011, Ann Arbor, MI.
  • Brock, Kevin. One Hundred Thousand Billion Icons: Digital Cybertext and Computational Oulipian Writing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 9 April 2011, Atlanta, GA.
  • Rodrigo, Rochelle, Paul Kei Matsuda, Cynthia Selfe, Chris Anson, Kathleen Blake Yancey, Greg Glau, Jay Dolmage, Kati Fargo, Kevin Brock, and Lamiyah Bahrainwala. We are 113! Conference on College Composition and Communication, 8 April 2011, Atlanta, GA.
  • Brock, Kevin. Behind the Screen: Cyber-awareness and Perceptions of Paranormal Technology. Resurrection of the Paranormal: Investigating Otherness in 21st Century English Studies Symposium, 6 March 2010, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
  • Brock, Kevin. Open Source Software and the Construction of Online Identities. Carolina Rhetoric Conference, 20 February 2010, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC.
  • Brock, Kevin. Paul Virilio and the Electronic Zombie Apocalypse. New Voices: Literature and Rhetoric of the Apocalypse, 22 October 2009, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA.

Invited Talks

  • External

    • Brock, Kevin. A Critical Analysis of Technology in The Net. Invited Lecture and Discussion [Skype], ENGL 583: Rhetoric, Procedurality, and Power, 9 December 2015, Boise State University, Boise, ID.
    • Brock, Kevin. Physical Computing. Invited Lecture and Workshop, Inter-L&S 102: Writing and Coding, 18 November 2013, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI.
  • University of South Carolina

    • Brock, Kevin. Writing in the Sciences. Invited Lecture, Center for Colon Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Minority Program, 16 June 2015, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
    • Brock, Kevin. Software and Code Studies. Invited Lecture, LING 505D: Research Methods in Digital Humanities / ENGL 620: Computer Methods for Humanistic Problems, 28 July 2014, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
    • Brock, Kevin, Megan Foley, Melody Lehn, and Jennifer Tyburczy. Preparing for the Job Market. Invited Faculty Workshop/Panel, 1 March 2014, Carolina Rhetoric Conference, Columbia, SC.
    • Brock, Kevin. Writing in/for the Sciences. Seminar for the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, 22 January 2014, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC. Presentation materials available here.

Workshops

  • Shepherd, Dawn and Kevin Brock. Processing the Ways We Research, Teach, and Write (with) Digital Information. Computers & Writing, 17 May 2012, Raleigh, NC.
  • Shepherd, Dawn, Kevin Brock, Matthew Davis, Kati Fargo, and Robin Snead. Cutting/moving/singing/drawing through the Hype: Writing Actions and Activities in Multimodal Composing. Conference on College Composition and Communication, 21 March 2012, St. Louis, MO.
  • Miller-Cochran, Susan, Rochelle Rodrigo, Kevin DePew, Anthony Atkins, Colleen Reilly, Katherine Hagopian, Devon Adams, Matthew G. Davis, Dawn Shepherd, and Kevin Brock. Is There A Space in This Class? Designing Effective and Efficient Learning Environments with New Technologies. Workshop at Conference on College Composition and Communication, 17 March 2010, Louisville, KY.