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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I'm with Kroc
by AdamW on Sat 20th Mar 2010 00:37 UTC
AdamW
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2005-07-06

I'm kinda with Kroc. I block ads everywhere and don't feel the tiniest shred 'guilty' for it.

I think for me it's mostly because I grew up with the internet of the early 90s, where no-one made any money off 'content' via advertising, and I subconsciously still feel like that's the internet I live on. I don't expect to make a living off any 'content' I produce on the internet, which makes me less inclined to worry if other people can't either.

I realize that if everyone was like me a lot of websites probably wouldn't exist. Alternatively, people would invent even nastier ways of pushing advertising. Fine. I can live with most of the sites on the internet dropping dead, it wouldn't fill me with pain. If sites get too aggressive about advertising, in ways I can't block, I'll just stop reading 'em. Either way, life goes on.

There's probably a way you could find to _sell_ content to me. I'm happy to buy stuff in the right context. I don't think anyone's quite come up with it on the internet yet, but hey, maybe they will.

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RE: I'm with Kroc
by Kroc on Sat 20th Mar 2010 00:44 in reply to "I'm with Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

Imagine a World Wide Web that was a commercial invention and not an open one. Imagine HTML was binary. Imagine that you could only view a site exactly as the designers (and advertisers) dictated.

Imagine what a horrible place that would be.

The free 'Web we use has done more to boost the amount of content consumed than print and television combined. Social networking would never have taken off on a binary web. Nor would aggregation and social news sites.

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