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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RE: Advertising sucks...
by Neolander on Tue 11th Sep 2012 06:34 UTC in reply to "Advertising sucks..."
Neolander
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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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RE[3]: Advertising sucks...
by Neolander on Tue 11th Sep 2012 07:09 in reply to "RE[2]: Advertising sucks..."
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

That's true, but not all ads are so awfully designed that they represent a pure concentrated moment of annoyance.

Some examples off the top of my head
-John West salmon (on TV, can be found on Youtube)
-Ikea's "tidy up" series (ditto)
-Project Wonderful's webcomic ads (on pretty much every freely accessible webcomic out there)

I try to refrain myself from using ad blockers. If websites have such an awful advertising policy that they take hours to load (on my super-wondrous pirated EDGE connection) or are painful to read, it's better to notify the author about it or leave than to just ignore the annoyances that people who don't use Adblock go through. We won't change the fact that so far, nothing better than advertising has been found to pay for web hosting costs anyway.

Edited 2012-09-11 07:17 UTC

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