Greetings and welcome to my website! My name is Clayton Benjamin, and Iím a first-year PhD student in the Texts and Technologies program housed in the College of Arts and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. Currently I am teaching ENC: 3241 Writing for the Technical Professional for the English Department. My research interests focus on the intersection of usability, cyborg studies, postmodernism and digital rhetoric. I am mostly interested in how technologies affect the body and identity.
I completed my MS degree in Technical Writing at the University of Minnesota (UMN) in December of 2010, with a special focus on information architecture, usability, and human factors. My thesis focused on extending Marshal McLuhan's theories of extension to online identity in order to situate incoming freshman as digital natives, and to argue for the inclusion of critical technology studies in first year composition. Additionally, I obtained a double major in Journalism and Theater from UMN in spring of 2006. Though my background is quite eclectic, a focus of identity has been consistent. My senior project for my theater degree was an instillation piece. The piece took place on the Washington Avenue Bridge at UMN and focused on messenger windows from gay male chatrooms, technological noise, and the disconnect of digital text and physical context.
So where am I now? Well, I'm in Orlando (a place so foreign, yet so domestic) teaching, researching, and learning html!
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