So, let’s just say that I was hypothetically attempting to watch a video on a streaming site that doesn’t require payment. I was somewhat shocked to read a notice that said my access was blocked because I had AdBlock switched on. The notice went even further and claimed that AdBlock was destroying the free internet.
Really. I think I actually exclaimed ‘LOL BYE’ and I was clicking out. The fucking nerve.
You’re illegally hosting content but lecturing people on the free internet? Have an entire stadium of seats. How is that you want ANYONE to use your site when I can see that Adblock has blocked at least 20 advertisements? Some sites can go up to the 100s. It’s a fucking joke.
Still, you can somewhat understand that those people are really in it for the money (no, they don’t upload hours of content out of the goodness of their hearts).
It’s the big corporations that really piss me off.
CBS is one example. They now require you to turn off Adblock to be able to see some of their content, which would be fine. CBS are a pretty big company. They can afford to not have intrusive ads all over their page, right?
I was dismayed to find that I couldn’t read an article because the margins were cut off by an ad. The whole way down the page. The damn title was cut off.
It’s honestly a huge fucking joke.
- The internet is not free for any of us – people pay for their internet, phones, laptops, broadband etc.
- Why would anyone want to use your site when they are just going to be assaulted by advert upon advert?
- Malware. No fucking thanks.
- How convenient that these companies suddenly realise that they’re not generating enough revenue from hits now that online presence is very much at the forefront.
It’s bullshit. Most of these sites don’t even have content worth reading let alone worth paying for. I don’t know who the fuck they think they are. The Guardian have a constant ‘We’ve noticed you’re using Adblock, how would you like to pay a monthly fee?’ banner. This is the same paper that broke the Snowden ‘leaks’…yeah, Guardian. You know damn well that these ads track people’s data and web patterns. How is that any different from spying?
Yet, ‘how would I like to show my support?’ stares back at me each time I visit the site.
The average article is compiled of tweets these days. Just a series of tweets from people who just happen to be on Twitter. I was reading an article on HuffPost recently where they listed about 40 tweets – and that was the point at which I gave up because I could feel my brain just ebbing away – there was more but. Ugh.
Anyway, all of these sites can take their paywalls, their garbage content, and their garbage ads and go away. It’s ridiculous.