The Revolutionary Problem: What can education learn from the failure of Google Wave?
Abstract: The concept of revolutionary advances is a popular technological trope and becoming more familiar in education. This past year, the National Education Technology Plan (NETP) called for the revolutionary transformation of the educational system; at the same time, Google Wave was widely praised as a technological revolution. With the potential of revolutionary change in the educational system on the horizon, it is important to consider what caused Wave to be deemed a failure just months after it was released to the public. To better understand where Wave went wrong and identify possible implications for education, Political Economy of Communication can be used as a lens to identify the roles of power and commodity. This poster presentation will examine and map the revolutionary aspects proposed in the NETP and present in Wave, frame the current and proposed educational system and Wave in terms of the political economy of communication, evaluate contributions to the failure of Wave, and make recommendations for responsible educational reform.