Just took a call from Charlotte Observer columnist and BBQ author Dan Huntley about the Moonshine site on ibibilio.org.
Back in 1997, I was teaching a class called “Cyberpublishing and Cybercasting” in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication here at UNC-Chapel Hill. I took the class up to the wonderful Southern Historical Collection and asked to them to create multi-media websites based on the rich collection of materials there.
Michael Manning, Eric Chernoff and Sarah Smith chose to work with materials about Moonshine in North Carolina including photographs, music and movie clips as well as a lot of great factual material.
For 1997, the site was pretty advanced and except for some visual design elements it stands up as a good and very useful and amusing site a decade later. Michael, Eric and Sarah did a great job. (I should check and see what grades they earned ;->).
What does it say that these songs were the ones used as examples of who great the iPod-like features of the iPhone are:
- Beatles – from Sargent Pepper’s “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Lovely Rita” [note: not for sale at the iTunes store – yet]
- Bob Dylan – from Highway 61 Revisitied “Like a Rolling Stone”
- Greenday – from American Idiot “Boulevard of Broken Dreams”
- Talking Heads – from Stop Making Sense “Life During Wartime”
Then TV, Movies, websites and people noticed:
- The Office (beginning with an acknowledgement of NBC)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
- Google Maps
- NY Times
- “An Inconvenient Truth” with props to Al Gore
- Starbucks in SFO on Google Maps [but the Delocator would be good too]
- Eric Schmidt of Google
- Jerry Yang of Yahoo
- Red Hot Chili Peppers – from Stadium Arcadium