A few days ago I wrote a post about how I found Gyorgy Faludy‘s Learn By Heart This Poem Of Mine. I’d been looking for the poem for a very long time, without knowing author, title or first line. Yet it happened. Because of the blogosphere.
Now I want to be able to do something else. This is very very provisional. Somewhere in my head, I place this poem in the same treasured collection as WB Yeats‘ An Irish Airman Foresees His Death and Dylan Thomas’s And Death Shall Have No Dominion. Something to do with the lilts and cadences and metre and scansion and hauntingness and je-ne-sais-quoi. It doesn’t matter whether I am right or wrong in this grouping, that’s a very personal thing. What matters is whether we can use the power of many and group selection and wisdom of crowds and collaborative filtering to come up with something like this. if you liked poems A and B then you are likely to like poem C.
Sounds easy, but I haven’t seen anything that does that. Is it because there’s no market? Maybe there are too few dinosaurs like me who like poetry. Is it because it already exists, but I haven’t seen it? Possibly. Someone out there will correct me.
Or maybe it’s because this is not easy. Collaborative filtering is possible when there is a clear and deep and liquid market where transactions are done, so that access/acquisition of items can be represented in a correlated manner. People who did this also did this. Is it possible when there is no central market? Collaborative filtering is possible when the items are homogeneous in nature. Are poems sufficiently homogeneous? Is homogeneity a necessary condition?
Can I create one, just using names and titles and links? And a folksonomic description basis? With not a dram of DRM in sight?
Just wondering. Any ideas out there?