Fascinating, but disturbing. I think in my long years of internetting, I have actually clicked on a handful of ads, and those were by mistake. I NEVER click on an ad deliberately and I have ad blockers installed, so I see a small percentage of the ads others complain about. If do see a product I am actually interested… Read more
well yeah, cause the actual target demographic is too busy staking out their gold claims in the Yukon
“At the same time, it’s also a deeply shitty tactic that promises our clicks on those assless pajamas will—no joke—likely keep on haunting us for the rest of our digital lives.”
Isn’t that the point of advertising, even if you don’t want it?
I hear union suits with drop seat are all the rage...
I read that in Carl’s voice. Thank you.
Because it stifles innovation. Google is effectively so powerful in the ad market and so vertically integrated, that publishers have to use them or die, and can’t easily figure out other revenue methods (basically all roads lead back to Google). Paywalls become the only real alternative and they are definitely… Read more
Apparently motorists who drive under X miles per year should click here to see what she looks like now!
Thanks Shoshana - beyond that specific beef of mine, solid article - keep up the good work :)
I’m surprised that the author never brings up what seems like the worst part of this “robbery” - while small businesses undoubtedly benefit from hurting their competitors (or driving them out of business altogether), the company that gains the most direct and significant benefit is Google (or Facebook or possibly some… Read more
Did you resolve to exercise more in 2013? If this graph from Google is any indication, you've got a tough road ahead…