"Web design as currently practiced is hereby DEAD. Flash becomes poison - lots of funny little blank pictures to build up a page's appearance will ensure no one ever sees it."
Flash has been poison for quite a while -- and lots of funny little blanks have always ensured I don't see a page more than once. Good CSS and HTML with a few strategic images can do all the styling any web page needs.
Frankly if this takes even 1% of the bloated, high-on-gimmick, low-on-content sites off the web, I'll consider it a roaring success.