Mis-Direction: A New Argument Style

May 19th, 2010 | Tags: ,

I am amazed (or maybe saddened) by the lack of grasp of English by the majority of people on the web who claim English as a first language. This is especially true in reading comprehension tests. (Every time you respond to a post or a comment on a blog, it is effectively a reading comprehension test.) Here are a couple from a recent post on the state of Flash on mobile devices.

Statement: they [Adobe] could just develop a working Flash player for any mobile platform.

Response: Flash works well on Windows. That’s the OS that runs on 90% or more of all desktops.

My Take: Some people may consider a Windows desktop a mobile device. I don’t.

And here is another from the same comment:

Statement: Windows Mobile 7 and Android don’t have Flash either and Adobe themselves have failed to make it work well on any mobile device, let alone the iPhone

Response: Windows Mobile 7 will support Flash, just not at initial release. Android will support 10.1 under Froyo. Symbian^3 will support 10.1 too as will Blackberry OS 6.0.

My Take: Congratulations. You have listed four phones which do not currently have Flash. (Perhaps they will, but they don’t.)

I would like to think things will get better, but then I start listening to politicians. They are better at this than most.

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