Linked by David Adams on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:07 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes Online advertising has been a hot topic for the past week or so, with Ars Technica trying out an interesting, somewhat desperate experiment wherein they blocked access to their content for people using Adblock. Of course, if this were to become some kind of movement among publishers, it would probably just spark a technological cat-and-mouse game that would surely be reminiscent of DRM cracking or iPhone jailbreaking. But in their post-mortem, Ars states that it was a worthwhile awareness campaign, and I hope that's true. But I thought it would be a good idea to try to bring the collective OSNews brainpower together and crowdsource the idea of how to raise money for a web site in an age where advertising is increasingly un-viable.
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RE: Comment by Kroc
by David on Fri 19th Mar 2010 21:51 UTC in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
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Thanks for your comments, Kroc, and I agree with you that the restaurant analogy in the Ars article did their entire argument a great disservice. That's the problem with the intellectual "property" debate as well. If you eat at a restaurant and don't pay, or you shoplift, you are depriving someone else of a finite resource. We can argue about the morality of depriving a creator of payment for a virtual, copyable resource, but to equate it to stealing just doesn't advance the conversation.

And I hope we can all come up with a workable alternative to the advertising status quo together. The problem is, it will need to "perform" as well or better than the current system for advertisers to be tempted, failing some system to punish them for their increasing intrusiveness.

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