Tracing the Sprawling Roots of Flash Preservation

Flash isn’t exactly dead. At least not yet, according to Jason Scott. “There's a narrative right now that Flash is now gone forever. And it isn't; what's gone is Flash being a default part of the web,” he says. An Internet historian and archivist at the Internet Archive, a non-profit digital library dedicated to offering “universal access to all knowledge”, Scott has been working on ensuring that as much Flash content is kept freely accessible on their site as possible. Once the platform for kooky animations and experimental games, Flash is no longer a staple for weird digital art, having just completed its stagger towards its end-of-life—with the long march towards its decline finally coming to a head.

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