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Thoughts on Tara Brabazon's Audiobooks: Part 1

I'm currently delving into all of Tara Brabazon's audiobooks, and her insights are proving to be enlightening and transformative. In "12 Rules for (Academic) Life," Brabazon delivers a compelling critique on the stagnant state of Cultural Studies, pinpointing how the field seems anchored in a 1990s mindset. This observation resonated with me, especially after moving away from Bowling Green State University's pop culture program to focus on education. Brabazon articulates this stagnation so effectively; it's a revelation. Furthermore, she stresses the importance of reverence to education studies training and stresses continued education (degrees, certificates, and micro-credentials), something I have seen people I respect ask on academic Twitter if they should do. Tara explains that being an expert does not make one a good teacher.

Moreover, her ability to deconstruct binaries and weave her narrative with research, particularly in dismantling figures like Jordan Peterson, is masterful. She positions him far from the intellectual pedestal some might place him on, making her arguments accessible even to those outside the academic sphere. This approach broadens her reach and makes her work an essential read—or listen—for anyone, perhaps even serving as an eye-opening Christmas gift for Peterson's apologists.


"The Three Wise Monkeys of Research" stands out as a testament to Brabazon's elegant thought process on the art of research. It addresses a crucial gap in academia—the lack of proper research training for students, often compounded by inadequate supervisor guidance. Brabazon simplifies the daunting research process into manageable steps, offering a methodology and inspiration. It's a beacon for anyone overwhelmed by their projects, reminding us that compartmentalizing complex tasks can make the academic journey more navigable.


"Comma" is particularly noteworthy for those in or considering a doctoral path, as well as for supervisors and advisors. It skillfully breaks down the doctoral experience into digestible segments, offering much-needed structure and support.


I'm eager to explore "Know What You Do Not Know" and "The Pernicious Ph.D. Supervisor" next. Brabazon's work is a treasure trove of insights for anyone involved in academia, providing not just critiques but also practical guidance and inspiration for navigating the challenges of academic life.


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