In which we continue our conversation from 3.01, turning our attention from the system issues which led to the modern state of the web to what we ought to do about it—as consumers of content, as producers of content, and even as advertisers.
Quartz: “Over one-fifth of people use ad-blocking software—and it’s beginning to hurt”
- Ad blocking:
AdBlock Plus—associated with some not-so-savory practices, including letting advertisers buy their way onto a white list.
μBlock: aiming to be super light-weight, and no shenanigans about letting advertisers buy exceptions. Two variants:
The reasons for the split are political, personal, and quirky. Welcome to open-source software!
Ars Technica: Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love
- The history of the internet:
@oluseyi on App.net:
It is absolutely staggering how, once you visit a vendor’s site, nearly all of the ads you see for the next hour or two seem to be from that vendor. A real-time reminder of how much you’re being tracked.
∞ July 21, 2015 3:01pm
- Previously on the show:
Before You Go
- “Even Fireworks”, by Pushing Static. Used by permission.
- “Winning Slowly Theme” by Chris Krycho. If you make a remake of this, we want to hear every beat.
Many thanks to the people who help us make this show possible by their financial support! This month’s sponsors:
- Jeremy W. Sherman
- Jeremy Cherfas