I asked the very international and eclectic Writing and the Digital Life list whether they would like to move to a blog, and the ensuing discussion and poll have been intriguing. Personally, it's making me move towards the idea of having both.
The list has been busy this week with this month's topic of Technophobia, writers and writing. There are some intriguing views and personal histories to read, and of course to contribute to. The discussion starts here.
I opened Writing and the Digital Life to discussion on Friday night and we had a hectic weekend as everyone introduced themselves and started talking. There was a rush of email for a while but now it's settling down to a steady pace. I've set up a del.icio.us site too, so that we can share bookmarks.
It's really exciting to be starting something from scratch like this. As I wrote to the list this morning:
...after years of working in highly-managed gardens, I like the idea of swimming in a cold clear stream of ideas. It may hit a few rocks, it may run dry, but for the moment this is how I'd like to do it and I hope you'll swim with me for a bit. Needless to say, the stream will also water future projects, but it's too early yet to know what they will be.
Please note this advance news of a new research project Writing and the Digital Life exploring the impact of digital technologies upon writing and lived experience. The emphasis will be upon creating an integrated and interdisciplinary cycle of research, teaching, and writing projects, providing ongoing reflection and the generation of new ideas. We are especially interested in applying the lens of creative writing to technological and media ecologies, practical creativity, human computer interaction, and the natural environment (what do we mean by 'natural'?).
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