[Air-L] Reid Cornwell

Bob Rehak brehak1 at swarthmore.edu
Mon Jan 4 09:49:15 PST 2010


I'm a veteran of the troll wars initiated by Reid Cornwell a few years ago on this list. Basically, he began posting prolifically and pissing people off, then turned it around by accusing the list of discrimination -- suggesting in both implicit and explicit ways that one has to hew to a fairly strict code of behavior in order to be considered a legitimate participant here. He frequently fell back on the excuse that he was researching an article-in-progress on trolling.

For my money, he's a self-styled fly in the ointment whose guiding purpose and primary emotional reward seemed to be engineering exasperation in others. His rapid disappearance from the list once the conversation moved on seems proof of this. I too have noticed him on Facebook -- he's a friend of Henry Jenkins's -- but this current exchange suggests he has simply shifted tactics, building up a large FB profile with no actual "friend behavior" going on.

My advice: ignore him and he'll go away.

Bob Rehak
Assistant Professor and Chair
Film and Media Studies Program
Swarthmore College

----- "Gilles Frydman" <gfrydman at acor.org> wrote:

> Interesting conversation!
> Here is what you can find about Reid Cornwell on
> http://www.tcfir.org/education-2008/speakers/Reid_Cornwell/Reid_Cornwell.cfm
> 
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> A native of Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Cornwell dropped out of
> Richard Reynolds High School to join the United States Marine Corps.
> After completing a GED, he earned bachelor's and master's degrees in
> experimental psychology. Cornwell completed a doctorate in
> experimental psychology at Oaklands University College, He taught for
> three years, at Franciscan University of Steubenville and in the North
> Carolina community college system, then joined a national human
> resources consulting firm, where he quickly became the corporate
> training director. In this capacity, he developed technology-based
> training systems that remain a standard in that industry. Based on
> that experience, Cornwell founded his own consulting firm to provide
> industrial training, change management, and recruiting services. The
> firm, which created the first online job service, grew to 25 locations
> and was ultimately purchased by a competitor.
> ---------------------------------------------------------
> 
> Notice that there are no mentions of where he obtained his bachelor's
> and master's degrees. 
> Sounds a bit weird.....
> As noted before Oaklands University College is an academic center that
> is VERY HARD TO FIND!
>  
> ------------------------------------------------
> Gilles Frydman
> 
> 
> 
> 
> On Jan 4, 2010, at 10:48 AM, Burcu Bakioglu wrote:
> 
> > No, I concur. It is just that when I accept an FB friend requests, I
> often
> > time look at the background/friends list and put him in an
> appropriate
> > privacy setting. He was on my limited profile thus far (and I
> haven't had
> > any spam from him at all) but since I've been forwarded bunch of
> links
> > regarding him since that first email, I removed him.
> > 
> > b.
> > 
> > On Mon, Jan 4, 2010 at 11:44 AM, Ulla Bunz <ubunz at fsu.edu> wrote:
> > 
> >> People might want to read Alex Havalais' page on Reid Cornwell.
> >> http://alex.halavais.net/dr-w-reid-cornwell
> >> He has lots of well-known FB friends? Hm... if you think that makes
> him
> >> legit, then you should consider the number of replies to this
> inquiry just
> >> this time around that said something like, "Yeah, I'm his FB friend
> too,
> >> though I'm not sure why."
> >> Make up your own mind but remember what we're teaching our students
> - just
> >> cause it's online it doesn't mean it's true. And just because it's
> popular,
> >> it doesn't mean it's high quality (the Google search hierarchy
> argument).
> >> Ulla
> >> 
> >> 
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> > 
> > 
> > -- 
> > Thanks,</burcu>
> > 
> > Burcu S. Bakioglu, Ph.D.
> > 
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