I also think that many non-artist programmers would resist referring to Flash as a programming language. Well, they would giggle.
artist programmers too.
Programmers tend to work with programming systems or libraries in order to create their applications, but Flash still seems very much tied to the development environment Macromedia sells.
the "modernism" effected by the Flash protocol, which is designed to deliver compressed animation over relatively narrow bandwidth seems to me mistakes technological limitations for an iconoclastic morality.
What's the difference between typing one of a handful of keywords and choosing a command from a drop down menu? "Language" is pretty meaningless here. However, good programming and problem solving is vastly different mindset between projects in C++ and running a coloring book program. Creating ideas in English (for example) is entirely different than opening up your heart to somebody you love by arranging a few pieces found from the magnetic poetry kit.
Use Flash where you need it. Use Quicktime (which, as you said, does a LOT more than play a video). Use Animated gifs. Anything from lo tech to no tech. They all have uses. Nothing beats Photoshop. Just remember it's all only helpful on a computer. Yeah, people CAN make cool art with a computer, but you don't have to. In fact, most artists don't use one at all.
Seems like what Lev was saying would still be close enough for most people.
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