Bellinger, M. (2017, May). Politics or speculation? On blockchain forks and the financialization of community consensus. Paper presented to the International Communication Association, San Diego, CA.
Bellinger, M. (2016, May). The algorithmic persona: Rhetoric in the age of Google. Paper presented to the Rhetoric Society of America, Atlanta, GA.
Bellinger, M. (2016, April). Money as a medium of communication.
Paper presented to the What is Media? Conference, Portland, OR.
Bellinger, M. (2016, March). Blockchain as witness: On Bitcoin and the cryptographic record. Paper presented to the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association Conference, Seattle, WA. (Communication and Digital Culture Division)
Bellinger, M. (2015, February). Technologies of disavowal: Agency and responsibility in digital communication. Paper presented to the Western States Communication Association Conference, Spokane, WA. (Media Studies Division)
Bellinger, M. (2015, February). Twitter and algorithmic rhetoric: The case of @Anti_Racism_Dog. Paper presented to the Western States Communication Association Conference, Spokane, WA. (Rhetoric and Public Address Division)
Bellinger, M. (2014, May). The rhetorical problem of perversion. Paper presented to the International Communication Association Conference, Seattle, WA. (Philosophy, Theory, and Critique Division)
Bellinger, M. (2014, March). Error-oriented ontology: Failure and subjectivity in digital texts. Paper presented to the Society for Textual Scholarship Conference, Seattle, WA.
Research Grants & Fellowships
Bellinger, M., Calo, R., Lindsay, B., McReynolds, E., Olson, M., Swanson, G., Sa, B., & Sun, F. (2017). Driverless Seattle: How cities can plan for automated vehicles. Seattle: University of Washington Tech Policy Lab.
Bellinger, M. (2016). The rhetoric of error in digital media. Computational Culture, 5.
Bellinger, M. (2015). Bae caught me tweetin’: On the representational stance of the selfie. International Journal of Communication, 9, 1806-1817.
Making Money, Making Sense: Bitcoin and the Rhetoric of Digital Currencies (Anticipated completion: Jan 2018)
My dissertation analyzes rhetorics of and about Bitcoin, a digital currency. Unlike most studies of Bitcoin thus far, which tend to address Bitcoin's technical affordances, legal implications, or economic effects, my project focuses on the ways that the meaning of Bitcoin is contested by a variety of actors (e.g., developers, enthusiasts, regulators, investors), as well as the ways that these contests involve appeals to other rhetorical domains (e.g., rhetorics of technical and religious expertise, rhetorics of faith and trust) to define Bitcoin as a technological and financial object. In my view, the extensive debates about Bitcoin indicate that it is ripe for rhetorical study, not simply has a form of money or as a new technology, but as a site of struggle over much broader concerns about the relationship between technology, economics, and politics.
The Problem of Perversion: Žižek, Rhetoric, and Materiality (2013)
My M.A. thesis connected my interests in psychoanalytic theory and continental philosophy to the "material turn" in contemporary rhetorical theory. The end goal of this project was to develop a way of thinking about material, non-discursive rhetorics--particularly those embedded in media technologies--as existing in concert or conflict with discursive rhetorics. In other words, the rhetoric of a message's content may be amplified or negated by the rhetoric of the media platform on which it is sent--and vice versa.