Can We All Just Agree?
I just want to make this clear: Flash is a pile of shit.
I’ve just been talking with Lee from Sugarhouse Lane and I got us into a Pythonesque one-upmanship about just *how* much we hate Flash (‘I hate Flash so much that it’s annoying’, ‘I hate Flash so much that I get a headache’, ‘I hate Flash so much that I want to punch things’….)
My last email to him was about how I was working on this Flash site a couple years ago (regular readers might remember my ‘worst job of my fucking life’ postings) and how the sheer frustration of working on a content-heavy entirely Flash-based site would cause me to cry, sob, on the Tube all the way home. I mean the thing would take *literally* two minutes to load and when I’d tell the
wanker production manager that was far too long, he’d tell me that it didn’t matter and besides I didn’t know what I was talking about. I would hold in my desire to punch things all day, get on the Tube and burst into tears.
Flash is shit.*
Let’s just all agree on that and stop sending death threats to people and all gang up against the people in marketing who think that people actually *want* Flash-based content-heavy sites. K? If we do that, then everything will be lovely again. I know it.
* For the record, I actually think Flash is perfect for ‘pretty pictures’ or ‘experience’ sites, but if there is *content* which requires navigation or might be something that people want to share with their readers then it’s a pile of crap.