As a web aficionado, you can probably relate to this one. You are innocently surfing when suddenly, without warning, a site inflicts unnecessary sound effects. Or worse still, music. Not very good music at that.
Take this site for example. I think Flashman is a great character and I’ve read all the books, but I don’t really want plinky-plonky bursting out of the speakers, especially if I’m at work. Well, it’s a bit of a giveaway isn’t it? Nor do I expect to be lifted an inch or two out of my seat by this page.
I don’t mind sound on a website as long as a) there is a warning and b) there is a purpose. Which is why you might find Shooting Parrots a tad irritating at the moment because I’ve added one of those Make Poverty History banners at the top of the page that goes click every few seconds to signify another unnecessary death of a child in Africa.
Yes, I know it’s making an important point, but it does drive you nuts. Bear with me though until after the G8 Summit after which I’ll remove it.