You’re not cool enough to Play with us!
IMPORTANT: We’d welcome you to the Mr.Clean Bible Church website but …
Yo dawg! Yu git dis ugly page ’cause yo’puter ain’t pimped-up wid da latest ‘n “plug-in ‘n’ playa” tech. Fool!
Instead, all you’re left with is when and where it all goes down.
Whatever, if you didn’t get the message the first time – you need to download Flash now (fool).
It is free and makes me look really cool.
> After you have successfully installed Flash, please visit www.mcleanbible.org.
Confused? Check out the 42k screen shot the non-Flash
homepage for McLean Bible Church, VA on which this parody is based.
Many individuals living in the ‘burbs about D.C. know of, about or someone who goes to the McLean Bible Church (MBC) in McLean, VA. For example, many of my 11th Graders who went on to become successful young adults could be found at MBC on a Wednesday night simply because they have a huge, furtive singles ministry – and that’s okay. It’s also not so bad that they’re a bit Willow Creek or SaddleBack in their seeker sensitive, pop-issues approach – in part to reach out to their younger congregation.
So I can understand how a webmaster for such a church might make the mistake in thinking that because so many of the people they see are high-tech, then everyone who either attends or wants to attend has got the latest and greatest in computer equipment, browsers and what-not. After all … isn’t the web just like TV … or at least should it be like TV for such a visually oriented audience?
Reality check – if your MTV audience wants to experience the latest in multimedia production, then they’re going to watch MTV – not attempt to use a media-rich plug-in to navigate what is essentially a text-based enterprise, namely the church website. Especially if the seeker is someone older, like my mother-in-law who thinks her computer will blow-up if she installs anything new.
And even if you disagree with the MTV-audience assertion, you must at least agree that taking up 3/4 of the space ‘above the fold’ of your web page to make Flash-impaired seekers feel they’re lame is NOT the best use of Flash auto-detection.
Sure, put up a little snippet up in the right hand corner that says something like “see what you’re missing,” perhaps that links to a page that gives them gory details about how and why an information-driven repository needs a graphics-based client … though I can think of one or two other topics on which I might first want to practice evangelism.