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A Morning Without AdBlock

Today, the New York Times officially launched it new subscription scheme. I read a bit of the New York Times, but I’m not going to go out of way to get around the paywall. We’ll see if and when I hit it during the regular course of my internet browsing.

But this does again bring up a pet peeve of mine about internet advertising. Many site have ads. Many of the ads are at best annoying and at worst intrusive and resource sucking. Which is why I use AdBlock Plus, and have done so for years. Hope against hope, I occasionally disable ABP to see if the advertising is as bad as I remember it. Because I like website with good content and I’d like to be supportive of that content. Here’s how my day has gone:

507 – Darkness and Cherry Pie: David Lynch’s Map of Twin Peaks
Mildly flashy ad in header. Mildly, because it stops flashing.
Neat little article on Twin Peaks, its topography and location. Makes me want to watch the show again, even though I know my memories of it are better than the show actually is.

Borders Seeks to Pay $8.3 Million in Bonuses
Static ads in side bar.
They want to retain the executives that are a part of the business going bankrupt? I feel that I am missing an integral point.

E-mail or Email?
Flashy add at top. A screwy "squish-down" popup. Sidebar: static ad, two more flashy ads. This busy-ness and intrusiveness makes me not want to visit this site. At. All.

How the Sunk Cost Fallacy Feeds FarmVille Addiction and Bad Purchases
Flashy ad taking up a third of the content space.
The Sunk Cost Fallacy
Minor flashy ad.
Good article. I should bookmark this blog.

Cyclists: What To Eat and Drink For Long Rides
Static ads including an ascetically pleasing one.

Defending Vaccination Once Again, With Feeling
Generally appealing static ads.
My first NYT article behind the WALL! Good review, makes me want to read the book.

Yahoo Mail
Ugly animated ads.

Sucker Punch, Part 1: The Story That No One Is Talking About
No ads, because the blog is the ad…for Tor’s books.
Interesting "reading" of the movie. This is what makes any kind of art tricky. How I see something as a writer, and intend it in my writing, might be completely different than how a reader sees it. That could be devastating. Or really freaking cool.

The experience hasn’t been too bad, but I wish ads weren’t so ugly. I’d like to see some research about what internet ads really pull attention and get hits. Is it only me that would rather see and might pay more attention to a well-done static ad? (That research has probably been done, but I need to move on to other things. Including less internet skimming.)