You know what? I really, really look forward to the Google Wave application. (In case anyone has lived under an internet challenged rock recently, here’s the link to the presentation video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v_UyVmITiYQ )
It’s innovative, but not too innovative. It basically makes a lot of things we already do a lot easier. And it isn’t hosted at Google, so I can pack away my paranoia and (hopefully) host my future Waves at the provider of my choice.
But why am I so excited about it? Because it makes interaction, creativity and collective learning so much easier.
Just think of some obscure poem you’d love to discuss. One of the longer ones by James Merrill, for example.
Chances are, you won’t find too many people interested in the discussion around your house. Or your town. Or country.
Sure, there are some resources and communities on the net that might discuss modern American poetry, but either their discussion is mostly hidden away in a scholarly mailing list, or it’s buried in some archive that hasn’t been accessed for years, with the original writers never noticing that anyone tried working with or expanding their original ideas.
With waves, ppl can share comments, interpretation suggestions and semi-archived discussions. It’s an archive, but it’s active at the same time.
There are still many aspects to Wave that need to be solved: backups, downloading a discussion for personal use, privacy, spam.
Still, using Wave to discuss poetry and leave your scribblings in the most visible margins possible: “Sounds like fun”.