Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 10th Sep 2012 09:54 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Now here's an interesting little nugget Jeff Bezos didn't want you to know about when he introduced his new Kindle tablets: the Kindle Fire HD is ad-supported, and originally, you would not have been able to remove those advertisements from the device. Over the weekend, the company reversed this policy, allowing you to permanently remove the advertisements from your Fire HD for $15.
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Advertising sucks...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 04:16 UTC
UltraZelda64
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2006-12-05

When was the last time advertising influenced you in even the slightest bit on a purchase? Seriously, I can't remember a time in the last decade it influenced me. My purchasing is dictated by my desires, my interests... which I do my own research on, to find out about stuff that I might need or just want to buy. After all, if I didn't have an interest, I wouldn't be looking it up in the first place, would I?

Companies want to track me and "target" advertisements directly at me that they "think" will somehow help me? Quit spying, f--k off and leave me the hell alone. Quit stalking and invading my privacy. Helping me would be getting out of my god damn business and allowing my to use my own damn brain. But since that won't happen, disabling third-party cookies completely and installing either Ghostery or Do Not Track Plus is the next best thing. And, of course, NoScript for added protection, increased speed, and less resource usage in general.

I've been practically ad-free for about a decade thanks to Adblock, and it's virtually impossible for me to use a web browser without it. I just can't do it. I don't know how I ever got by without it before. I don't watch TV, listen to the radio or read magazines either, so to me advertising effectively died with the introduction of Adblock. I only occasionally see it at someone else's house when they're watching TV, and I remember why I hated the damn service so much.

Edited 2012-09-11 04:32 UTC

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RE: Advertising sucks...
by Neolander on Tue 11th Sep 2012 06:34 in reply to "Advertising sucks..."
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2010-03-08

I think that ads operate at a more subconscious level. Since most of them teach you nothing about the characteristics of the product that is being sold, surely they are meant to teach you about the existence of said product instead.

I mean it in sense of exploiting human ignorance and lack of interest. As an example, if I weren't into tech-focused websites and decided to buy one of these shiny tablets, I would probably begin by looking at Apple's offering since it's the one that I see ads about everywhere. It wouldn't be disdain towards alternatives, I simply wouldn't know about or remember them.

This is all speculation, of course. But if that's truly the way it works, then the worst enemy of ads is not ad-blockers (which you can only use on computers, while ads are everywhere), but those real-world retail chains that display products grouped by category, forcing you to take a look at the competition before buying.

(Which, going back to my former example, sheds a new light on Apple's habit of wanting its products grouped in their own category, doesn't it ?)

Edited 2012-09-11 06:38 UTC

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RE[2]: Advertising sucks...
by UltraZelda64 on Tue 11th Sep 2012 06:50 in reply to "RE: Advertising sucks..."
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

What you described would, in my opinion, be the "best" (if there could even be such a thing when it comes to this subject) kind of advertising. The kind of stuff that doesn't try to forcibly ram shit down your throat. Instead, we've got stuff like what what Vonage put out a few years ago with their annoying little jingle, pounded in your head once or twice every single f--king commercial break. And I only know because while at a friend's house a TV was always on, and whether I was actually watching it with them in the same room or in a completely different room minding my own business... you just can't miss it even if you want to.

Things like that, they're not the only culprit, just the only one I can think of (like I said, advertising is dead to me). I have determined years ago that I will NEVER support a company that has such annoying commercials. See what that got them? I remember their name... and I remember to avoid them. Oh, and I almost forgot; more recently, Yorkshire Farms--their rap commercials annoyed the hell out of me so bad, I'll never buy their products. Maybe I'm just ass-backwards, but these companies' advertisements actually work AGAINST them sometimes.

Oh yeah, I remember alright... not to buy anything with that name on it in the future. Note to such companies: Thanks for trying... to force shit down my throat with some of the most annoying ads possible, overplayed to hell and back. I'll keep your company's name in mind, in my own little blacklist. You are precicely the reason I use things like Adblock Plus, and refuse to browse the web without it.

Edited 2012-09-11 07:10 UTC

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