Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Aug 2010 14:02 UTC
Internet & Networking We're still in the slow news period, so let's talk about something we discussed before: blocking advertisements on websites. Up until, well, today, I didn't block ads - not because of some ethical objection or whatever, but simply because I couldn't be bothered to setup AdBlock. Today, after taking a closer look at some of the websites I frequent, I decided to take the plunge and install AdBlock on all my machines. The following set of screenshots should pretty much explain why.
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Another Grumpy Old Guy
by rshol on Fri 20th Aug 2010 18:08 UTC
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Somebody said their internet has never had ads and neither has mine. I block 'em all and let God sort them out.

Forget this notion that we have some obligation, moral or otherwise, to view ads. The content providers publish their content with ads. We did not ask for the content, and have no right to demand the content, it is published solely at the will of the publisher/creator.

We have the right to use our eyes, bandwidth and computer in any manner we choose. If we want to tape paper over the screen to keep from seeing parts of content provided by publishers/creators or use some more technical means, that is our right.

Once more, they get the choice to not publish or publish in any form they wish. We get the right to not view or view in any form we wish. Any of those choices of actions have consequences that must be borne by the party choosing the action.

I'm willing to deal with the potential consequences of my actions. But seriously, quit telling me, essentially, that by viewing content I have entered some quid pro quo arrangement with the provider that obligates me to look at ads. This is sheer fantasy.

And by the way, get the heck off my lawn.

Edited 2010-08-20 18:09 UTC

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