• @ArghZombies
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    25 months ago

    I guess that advertising has been around for 100s of years. For the vast majority of history it’s been something people accept - nobody could avoid posters on the street, adverts in store windows and later it was adverts on the radio, in the cinema, then ads on TV… It’s only incredibly recently that people have had even the possibility of blocking ads, and even then it’s only a small subset of online adverts that can be blocked. Most ads (TV, radio, billboards, print…) are just as unavoidable and unblockqble as before.

    Which basically means advertising has been part of people’s lives since the day all of us were born. Mostly folks just accept it, like we accept we have to spent 2 minutes every single morning brushing our teeth even though we wish there was a better way.

    It’s just one of those tradeoffs. You can avoid that 2min every day but your life would be massively inconvenienced as a result (people would avoid you and you’d be in pain every day), and you can avoid ads by not using the internet, but life is inconvenienced as a result.

    • brianorca
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      25 months ago

      It’s also a question of attention percentage. We’ve had ads on TV for a while, but since the 80’s we also had the ability to fast forward if we used a VCR. There are ads in magazines, but you can turn the page in a fraction of a second. But now with unskippable ads or full page popovers, it’s worse than it used to be in other media.