Tara Brabazon

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Tara Brabazon is a professor of media studies at the University of Brighton at Brighton & Hove in the south of England. She was a finalist for Australian Teacher of the Year in 2005.[1] and is director of the Popular Culture Collective which tries to document popular culture with academic rigor.[2][3]

Brabazon came to international attention in January of 2008 after she criticized Wikipedia and Google for encouraging a lack of critical thinking in students. Brabazon banned her students from using either website, and compared the sites to "white bread" as they were filling but not nutritional.[4]. Wikipedia responded to this by increasing the size of their article on her.[5] Professor Brabazon has also criticized Wikipedia for stifling debate and critical evaluation.[6]. Her views are similar to the views of Andrew Keen, another Wikipedia critic. [6]

References

  1. http://www.australianoftheyear.gov.au/pages/bio.asp?pID=211
  2. http://popularculturecollective.com/
  3. http://brabazon.net/
  4. http://technology.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/tech_and_web/the_web/article3182091.ece
  5. http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Tara_Brabazon&diff=185239668&oldid=171903290
  6. 6.0 6.1 http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2008/01/14/nuni114.xml
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