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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by ilovebeer on Mon 21st Sep 2015 19:14 UTC
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I want to look at ads about as much as I want someone coming to my front door trying to sell me some cleaning product, or deal on <random form of house work here>, or Jesus. I don't give a shit how "relevant" the ads are for me so I'm not going to lie and say I wouldn't mind if the ads were aligned with what I like. I use ad-blockers and will continue doing so until they're no longer intrusive, annoying, invading, and unsolicited. And I don't feel bad one single bit saying that.

If a website wants funding so it can exist, there are other models to use. If your website is worth existing, people will support it. I know of ad-less websites that only exist because of donations.

It may sound harsh but I don't have a lot of pity for the `little guy` websites when it comes to the internet. Why? Because there's a vast ocean of them. I don't have enough pity to go around for the million+ people who want to run a website the world can probably do without anyways.

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