In any case, Steve Jobs was ahead of his time, bringing about change through touchscreens and other design revolutions. Another notch on his belt is Flash’s early demise. After his much talked about “Thoughts on Flash” criticizing the platform, it never really recovered.
And that’s fine! HTML5 essentially replaced Flash years ago, and every major browser supports it. But it feels like a cultural loss. About a decade ago, graphic designers spent months mastering Flash to create sites, games, and more. It brought us nice content like Homestar Runner (ok, let’s face it, Strong Bad), Ishkur’s Guide to Electronic Music, and more. Some of those sites still work best in Flash.
But they will either have to update or lag, and even Homestar Runner seems to be adapting through its YouTube channel. Flash is ultimately an insecure protocol, and we’re better off without it. But it’s okay to remember where the internet began as we look ahead to where it’s going.