An interesting article from Rob Ford over on thefwa from November of last year where industry leaders were asked for their opinions about Adobe's decision to discontinue support for Flash on mobile devices. This may seem like a small thing to many, but for those of us who have been working with digital and interactive mediums for the last decade or so it is a pretty big shift in perspective. Flash, in many ways, helped shape the Web that we know today and provided for a level of creativity that was difficult to match with other tools (and in many ways still is). It is understandable that this news has brought with it so much intense debate, and I believe that we will look back on this period of time as one of those defining moments in the history of the Web -- a next step in evolution.
Are we on the verge of a new era? An area where society is governed by economies of trust and shared interest, by micro-payments, and real-time transparent financial transactions? An era where people are looking for meaning in every product they buy and every service they use and where their confidence is based entirely on the social and emotional relevance of the company that is behind the offering?