Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Another pet peeve

I hate it when video, audio, and slideshows are used when text will suffice. I like text news articles the best. Text takes less time to load, is easier to search, and often contains more relevant infomation. I can read text a lot faster than an actor reading the same text out loud, so it's faster for me to read an article than to listen to the audio. When I want to be entertained, an audiovisual experience will do fine for that purpose. But when I need to be informed, text and the occasional photo gets the job done.

Here's an example. It's a story about internet acronyms. This could have easily been a quick, informative, text-based article. Instead I have to wait for each damn photo to load as I read the article. I have a cable modem but even it can get slow during peak periods. I'm suddenly nostalgic for the late 90's again, when websites adhered to the KISS principle.

1 comment:

  1. Agreed!
    All the "bells and whistels" slows me down to NO end....still on dialup, so you KNOW I detest anything with movies, heavy graphics, etc.

    Damn I miss the ancient days from the early 90s...