In addition to being the living embodiment of data literacy in learning, Tony Hirst has done some mad stuff in the past, be it an epic manifesto concerning RSS and learning, or this hilarious diplomatic missive to Tom and Jim’s People’s Republic of Non-Programmistan. But I daresay he’s outdone himself with ‘changing user expectations: finding and using content’, which is a five minute blast of online presentation bliss.
I’ll be interested to see if others respond as enthusiastically as I do – it’s so wired in to where my head is at these days, both in terms of the big picture (opening up, transformation, disaggregation) and the details (syndication, embed code). And while I’ve never been much of an Oasis fan, the choice of music (and the way the lyrics weave into the message) is absolutely killer. I’ll have to give those Gallagher boys another listen.
The original .swf file is here (28 MB) – but it was slow for me to load, so I am grateful for Andre taking the time to convert it to a blip.tv friendly format (shareware, apologies for introductory watermark crawl). Anyhow, just take the five minutes and watch the damn thing, and (I’m very pleased to add) be sure to crank it up loud!
It goes fast, so you may miss the quotation from Macbeth:
Time, thou anticipatest my dread exploits.
The flighty purpose never is o’ertook
Unless the deed go with it. From this moment
The very firstlings of my heart shall be
The firstlings of my hand. And even now,
To crown my thoughts with acts, be it thought and done
My guess is that Tony’s saying it’s time to get out there and do it.