Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 19th Sep 2015 14:37 UTC
Internet & Networking

Let's talk ad-blocking.

With the arrival of iOS 9, ad-blocking is coming to mobile in a big way, and it's causing a lot of talk all over the web. It is highlighting the internal struggle some feel about the practice, but also the hypocrisy of some of its staunchest proponents. So far, it seems like the real 'bloodbath' isn't taking place where people thought it would be - namely, publishers - but among personalities.

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RE[3]: The elephant in the room
by kwan_e on Sun 20th Sep 2015 00:44 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: The elephant in the room"
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This is not really true, it is a fallacy that people need ad money to make websites.


Good. Because that wasn't the argument.

Before 1998 there was no advertising yet the content was of high level because people put websites up out of enthusiasm, dedication.


I think that is a fallacy. Or at least an observational bias.

I doubt Thom/David/Eugenia and others made/make any money but that is not its purpose.


It's not about making a profit. It's about paying for the hosting. Or have you lived in a silver-platter world so long you forgot that simple things like websites have operational costs?

When the ads stop working, we will lose some of those sites, but isn't that a blessing?


No, because if you understood the points others have made, it's the small sites like THIS one that will be lost. The ones people make for quality content and not just for the ad revenue.

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