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Michael Mcintyre Scholarship

Rhetoric, Writing, and Communications


BENJAMIN DUECK      

BENJAMIN DUECK

RECIPIENT OF THE MICHAEL COLLINS MCINTYRE SCHOLARSHIP IN RHETORIC, WRITING, AND COMMUNICATIONS

Benjamin is currently completing a 4 year BA degree in the department, and working as a tutor in the department's Writing Centre. Most of his research explores the ways in which the human mind manufactures meaningful stories/narratives in an age of informationoverload, with a focus on communications media and technology. He studies everything from the rise of conspiracy theories to the algorithmic processes built into online media platforms like YouTube and Spotify.

On the tutoring side, he sees great value in the techniques of mindfulness and meditation for helping others come to terms with the overwhelming media landscape we are faced with today. He does his best to foster an atmosphere of awareness, openness, and communication with every writer he works with. He believes that we can use these methods to come to terms with the reality of our own suffering, and cultivate a compassion that can help us serve others. His plan for the future is to explore these practices further in graduate studies.