“Flash, HTML5, and Innovation” by Steve Streza

…it is important to remember that Flash drove much of the innovation on the web as we know it today. When Flash was conceived over a decade ago, the web was a glimmer of what it is today. Creating something visually impressive and interactive was almost impossible. Flash brought the ability to do animation, sound, video, 3D graphics, and local storage in the browser when nothing else could.

Without Flash, before Youtube, during the days of dialup, we probably wouldn’t have:

Of course all very important in the late 1990s/early 2000s and, at the time, wouldn’t have been possible without Flash.

Stop making fun of great-grandpa. Yeah, he’s old, he calls your girlfriend a “broad.” But cut him some slack. It was different during his time and he fought the Krauts.