Marge Be Not Proud

September 24, 2015

A lot of people like to rationalise why they block ads on the web. It’s the trackers, the load times, the lack of a contract …. Here’s why I block ads:

Because ads suck.

I don’t want to pay for the content I read online with my attention, and fortunately I don’t have to. I also fast forward through TV ads, turn off the car radio during breaks and skip podcast ads unless it’s also a toaster oven review.

Screen capture from The Simpsons eipisode: Marge Be Not Proud

I do whitelist some sites that I both read with regularity and that have less sucky ads. For some sites if they detected my blocker and asked for some money instead I’d happily give it, but for most I wouldn’t.

If all this means some websites I read have to die, I don’t mind much.