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Kivan @KivaBay
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The snarky part of me when someone says "I don't have time to read three hundred tweets" just wants to reply, like, so you want to read the dozen books, studies, and articles in order to compile all the same information? Be my guest.
I get that's not my best reaction, though, so I usually save it. I know my threads are long. I just want to make sure that I adequately explain a topic to the point where I can then lead the reader through applying the information in a real world context?
I just don't want to oversimplify, tbh
Basically, when we're done with a thread, I want the topic that I've been explaining to be so transparent to the reader that they could apply what they've learned to a contemporary event being discussed in a classroom or around a dinner table or at the water cooler
And, I want to make sure the reader feels confident applying what they've learned outside of the thread, so I feel like the example-thought-experiment part is actually pretty important
This'll sound silly, but I do actually think about this a lot because I've had multiple people tell me that they can't hang with books or audiobooks, but with the information broken down into chunks in a twitter thread, they can digest it
So I tend to wonder "how do I best compose a thread to create a kind of pop-up classroom?" I don't want to just distract you, I want to impart information and make sure that you feel comfortable using that information. For some reason people pay me for it, which I appreciate
Anyway, yes, hi new followers, some of my threads are VERY long, because some of what we're talking about is a BIG, IMPORTANT CONCEPT and I want to make sure I don't reduce it
Oh, also, I find the more thorough I am in breaking down a topic, the more likely I am to see new and exciting threads built off of my own thread. I really like getting to also be a student in the pop-up classroom, so I like when people are engaged and sharing!
That's why I do things like relate the coming out of the heterosexual to Bert and Ernie, or why we apply our new understanding of diet racism to constructions of Southern fatness. I want to ground the concepts in contemporary events so that you can place them in your world
It's also why I do the pop culture analysis threads, because I feel like when we see these concepts applied to media that we're already familiar with, it becomes easier to understand
Oh as an aside though, if you're a student, feel free to crib my sources. If you publish something online or something, please say something like "research from Kivan Bay" at the bottom or whatever because I like being able to pay rent and exposure actually does help. Thanks!
This is obviously not required but I've been burned this way before and I really appreciate just a little credit for compiling the info into a thread
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