The ethical ad blocker

Yes, advertisements on websites are annoying at best, but they're also a large and important part of how websites make money so that they can keep providing you with sweet, sweet content. So what's an ethical person who desperately wants to install an ad blocker supposed to do?

Fortunately, Darius Kazemi of the creative tech cooperative Feel Train has a solution.

"The Ethical Ad Blocker is a Chrome extension that, when it detects advertising on a website, blocks the entire website," writes Kazemi. This way, the user doesn't experience ads, but they also don't leech free content. Everybody wins. Download it today!"

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  1. How about ethical ads that don't fuck up my computer at every opportunity? The onus should be on the ad provider to get it right to the point where I don't need an ad blocker just to have a vaguely secure computer.

  2. I feel like this is a BB troll post. Poking at a reaction from the readers.

    Honestly this extension and the concept is stupid. That's all i'm going to say about it.

  3. The extension is obviously a joke, but it points to a very annoying problem.

    1. Websites need to make money to pay for expenses (and maybe even make a living).
    2. I have money, and am willing to spend it for content.

    Why is this insufficient for a business transaction? Somehow it has become internet canon that the only way for an individual to pay for content online is to have their skull rented out by a cabal of advertisers, who bid on that skull rental, and then pay the content creator a small portion of their proceeds.

    Here is what I want: I want an extension that, when I bring up a website, says, "Advertisers have bid $0.37 to have access to your brain while you read this article. Do you wish to outbid?" One quick click, a $0.38 micropayment is transacted, I view the article with no ads, and I have outbid the advertisers for use of my own brain.

    If I don't want to spend the 37 cents, then I see a few ads. The extension would still block malware and major resource draining ads, enforcing an internet "common law" of reasonable, unobtrusive advertising.

    I don't reject the idea of the internet as a marketplace, and people's honest desire to make a living with their writing/music/etc., I just want a chance to participate in that market on equal footing, rather than live with the constant assumption that I am worth nothing more than an ad impression.

  4. dacree says:

    I love it when businesses complain that their chosen business model is short sighted and unworkable.

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