Bellinger, M. (2018, November). The rhetoric of Bitcoin. Paper to be presented to the National Communication Association, Salt Lake City, UT. (Economics, Communication, and Society Division - Top Student Papers Panel)
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. (Philosophy, Theory, and Critique Division)
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.
The Rhetoric of Bitcoin: Money, Politics, and the Construction of Blockchain Communities (2018)
Abstract: The rise of Bitcoin and related digital currencies has been accompanied by a proliferation of discourse about these technologies, including debates about their value and status as forms of money. This dissertation examines digital currency discourse from a rhetorical perspective, and traces the development and impact of a key trope of early Bitcoin discourse—the application of commodity money rhetoric to Bitcoin—to understand the rhetorical construction of Bitcoin. It argues that early attempts to establish Bitcoin as a form of money, which figured Bitcoin as a “natural” entity beyond the reach of community politics, produced an unanticipated rhetorical fallout: the displacement of the politics of the Bitcoin community onto the development of Bitcoin as a technology. It further argues that this early displacement continues to influence the rhetorical dynamics of Bitcoin and its heirs by shaping subsequent debates over digital currency governance and valuation.
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.