Well, I don't think so but I like to use cheap tactics like a shocking headline to get attention. Let's discuss this.
On another thread (about website valuation) Clinton wrote:
I don't know why some people are so anti-ads. Things have to be paid for somehow. You can't have everything for free.They don't take ads on that site and the member base is very anti-ad; many would leave if [he] stuck even one or two ads on there.
If I buy a print magazine, I expect to see adverts in it. The adverts pay for a lot of the publishing and distribution costs. If there were no ads in the mag then the cover price would be much more.
If I visit a website, I expect to see adverts on it. Not every website is a hobby and not every website or forum is run by a philanthropist. Some are run by businesses! Yes! And businesses need to make money to survive. Is that such a revolutionary thing to say?
The "It's the internet so everything must be free" bunch of morons make my blood boil. But I'm sure I've already gone on a rampage about that before.
Advertising is great! Especially on websites. Advertisers make it worth your while to run websites without needing to charge the website visitors anything. People can read your content, comment, potter about and it's all FREE! Why? Because of the adverts.
If they didn't run adverts then the website owner (usually) needs to find other ways to monetise the site. You wanna read my content? Then pay for it. This is a tough business model to use - as many British newspapers are finding out.
Anyway, I like some adverts. They amuse me or give me the heads up on interesting things. That's not to say I like all adverts. I subscribe to a foodie mag and the first thing I do every month is to rip out the first dozen pages of adverts for posh perfume, cosmetics, and cars. On the other hand, when Private Eye arrives, I read the cartoons first and then the ads. Similarly with newspapers, I find the ads give a fascinating insight into what's happening. For me it depends on the interest and relevance of the ads.
Going back to people being very anti-ad who would leave if even one or two ads were shown, in my opinion they are selfish tw@ts. Not everyone can afford to provide you with a good service and never make any money out of it. Would it really hurt you to 'suffer' even just one or two adverts?
What is this holier than thou, purist, we don't like adverts brigade on about anyway? Do they really think that everything on the internet should be free?
Time for a reality check.
<jumps off soap box>