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I got an ad blocker when YouTube introduced their ads. Some ads were longer than the video you tried to watch! It really took the joy out of YouTube and I've never actually seen something like YouTube Premium!
I've also lived in a place with really slow internet for a while. An ad blocker was the difference between reasonable internet and really very slow internet. There was actually this YouTube-esque website that wouldn't show any videos at all while your ad blocker was active, but disabling it showed you a 30 second ad that lasted well over a minute because of buffering! The actual video played fine though...
But I'm especially annoyed by the little movie commercials with sound (not on YouTube, just in a side bar or something).
All in all I think advertisers have kind of ruined advertising by making it too big and invasive.
I didn't actually notice I was missing anything on Spotify until today and then I realized what I was missing (more than just a few banners and side bars).
It's off (for now) and all I got was a 30 second ad, so it's not that bad I guess.
and this is the other side of advertising: being annoying and treating your audience like hapless sheep. It's insulting and totally unnecessary. Advertising is meant to be informative: "I have something you may be interested in". Instead it becomes a contest of who can be loudest and most intrusive. The very worst cold-calling salesperson with your mobile phone number.
I get it. Totally.
It's a downward spiral at this point. Some of us, however, are trying to keep it respectable. We'll see how it all ends up...
For about a week now I longer get subject lines at all--every new entry just starts with the actual message content. Or rather, it seems like my RSS reader (Thunderbird), seeing no subject line at all, uses the message body in its place.
Does that mean I have to become racist and get a comb-over?
I think I laugh more often reading your comments than any other poster on this site.
Unfortunately, our nation seems to like ping-pong-ING winners and we might just get that one this time. If you wait four years we may be ready to elect another president that makes sense. (That's optimistic, we also usually re-elect the screw-ups as well as the decent ones.)