Adblock is Adhoc Answer to the Ugly Ad Dilemma

AdBlock Plus mobile browser could devastate publishers

About 215 million people will use ad block services on their computers by June, company estimates

CBC News Posted: May 25, 2015 5:00 AM ET Last Updated: May 25, 2015 5:17 AM ET

Twenty-four hours after Ad Block Plus launched its Android browser with an ad blocker built in, it logged more than 200,000 downloads. (Bloomua/Shutterstock)

Online advertising is beyond obnoxious, but I do realize it is a necessary part of getting ‘free’ content…

Instead of my first inclination to think it is a right wing conspiracy to control  media content to the extent that Adblock might force certain progressive-minded  media off the  Web, thereby pleasing the corporate masters of right wing politicians no end, and depriving us of  information regarding what our dictatorial masters are up to, let’s look at the problem as rationally as one possibly can….

I quit  being involved in Huffington Post a couple of years ago, because of obnoxious ads and because they forced you to join Facebook to comment..that was the end of HuffPo for me..I never used Adblock until the ads got so overpowering that you couldn’t even read the content you were trying to get…I realized that news media relied on ads for revenue in the face of disappearing subscriptions, etc. but this is insane..I had one company following me around to every media source I clicked on, with stupid pulsating lights and interference with the copy I was trying to read…how can any company ever expect consumers to want to check out their products when their ads are so annoying? Everyone mutes TV ads because they have become so loud and obnoxious, so why would corps assume that online ads are any less annoying? Seems really self-destructive to me..

Personally, I make a list of advertisers that piss me off, and go out of my way to avoid supporting them..and that goes for any sort of  political or charitable types who  stalk you if you are foolish enough to  give them any donation or information…whatever their ‘public’ policy  might  be, they lie, they sell your info to others who then haunt you to the ends of the earth…

Do any of you corporate types out there get the message? It’s really simple…stop with the noisy nonsense, the flashing lights, the pulsating  headlines, the  interminable ads before you can watch a tiny bit of video (given up on that, too…) The fact that hundreds of thousands of cell phone zombies (surprised they even notice ads…) have quickly downloaded Adblock apps should tell you all you need to know..instead of being  more and more obnoxious, try being  cleverer…

I read the Guardian  every day, and have noticed that they have a bit of mischief on the bottom of every page  now that says …  “We noticed that you are blocking our ads, we need them for revenue to support the site, perhaps we could suggest another way to support us…” or something to that effect…now that is clever,  and it will probably get  some sort of donation out of me because the Guardian has great content (used to buy the  Guardian Weekly as a pricey newsprint tabloid full of good reading from around the world)

I don’t want to stop  reading the Guardian, I  just want the torture to stop…..and that extends to all media, pretty please……


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