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It's your fault

Tue Aug 20, 2013, 8:39 PM
From the desk of Aapis:

Advertising has been around since exactly 1322 and was originally created to convince muggles that the king is actually a good bro.  Citation required.

As I'm sure you all know, ever since then it has become propaganda.  It's so much more than the benign little banners you see occasionally (that nobody ever clicks, yet still makes companies billions of dollars), but I'm sure you already know that.  I know for a fact a lot of you care about your privacy and are actually informed about the issues we internet denizens are facing right now.  NSA, FBI, GCHQ, whoever's doing it, it's bad.  You know it, I know it, James Bond knows it.  But this post isn't about censorship or spying.  This post is about ads.

We are absolutely drowning in advertisements for products that we don't need, want, or can afford.  Again, this is common knowledge, but I've noticed a disturbing trend lately mainly coming from the American users of certain websites.  Not only are you ok with ads, as in you want to see them, but you are willing to enable ad providers by proclaiming that you would rather have things like targeted ads based on an aggregated profile of all the things you like than completely random ads.  You're also ok with ads within paid services, because "they gotta make money too".  This is most prevalent in your TV viewing habits.  You're all a-ok with paying for cable, yet you see about 10 minutes of ads per 30 minutes of showtime.  They're wasting 33% of your time and you just sit there and take it because you get to watch "Game of Thrones" or whatever the latest fad show is.  Your time is already pretty well wasted if you're watching TV, you say?  Probably, but that brings me to my next point.

You are being conditioned to believe that ads are not only necessary, but required in order to use the internet.  No, that is absolutely fucking false.  Lets take Facebook for example.  They have to monetize their platform somehow, so they're just throwing ads in anywhere they can.  Nevermind actually making a service that people are willing to pay for, lets just inundate them with ads and hope they click on some of them.  I've seen a surprising number of people claim that using ad and script blockers is damaging to the websites you're viewing because you aren't giving them the ad revenue.  Excuse me?  Ads completely detract from my viewing experience and you have the gall to tell me that I owe them for the "right" to read things on the internet?  Go fucking die.  You don't deserve the internet.

No company has the right to disrupt my personal time.  It isn't so much THAT there are ads which are intrusive and annoying, that I can live with, rather it is the notion that I owe ad companies something.  Money, they think I owe the ad companies money.  A click every now and then, maybe a survey once a year.  That, my friends, is bullshit.  Ad companies, Google, all the millions of middlemen, make a living off your free time (or not free, if you happen to be at work) and some apologists (a lot of them, apparently) actually believe that we owe them for keeping the internet free.

The internet is not free because some ad exec approves a new campaign promoting Axe Eau d'Testicle Body Spray, it is free because we will not let it fall to the overbearing capitalists who believe we are a product.  Some of us, anyways.  I cannot believe the complacency I see these days.

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EnzuDes1gn Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
All the best for you on your birthday tomorrow old friend :cake: :la: :party: :wave:
Aapis Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Thanks buddy!
Redfoxbennaton Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
:happybounce: :happybounce: 
Aapis Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
bruised--vein Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2013
Hey Aapis, how have you been you old bastard
Aapis Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
Old and bastardly. How have you been, mysterious stranger*?

*I don't recognize the username, but since they implemented that username change thing I can't keep track of people anymore. Who are you, I must know all your secrets!
bruised--vein Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013
*blush* I am/was SaintJimmysTwitch hehe, I know it's ridiculous with all the name changes ><

has life been treating you alright?
yami-joey Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Student General Artist
Have a llama badge! :iconllama3dplz:
Shadowknife7 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for the response.
Aapis Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2013  Professional Interface Designer
You're welcome, random stranger.
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Mind-Designer Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Happy Birthday :iconaapis:, here have a llama as a present.
Aapis Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
:la: Thanks.
JohannesLaaksonen Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for the great conversation about the state of photojournalism! Respect!
Aapis Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
haldron Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2012
OH HEY. I haven't seen you in a while. :stare:
Aapis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
HI. Busy now. Alllll the time. :iconeratsplz:
Illucieon Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
aapis, it occurs to me I haven't talked to you in like...eons. Are you still on here? When can you get off work? I have a ăiğ k÷fte durum and an ayran with your name on it (but seriously, not the ayran because that shit's gross). Email meeeeee!
Aapis Featured By Owner May 24, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
You guys keep ignoring me. :iconbawwplz:
Illucieon Featured By Owner May 26, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I am a horrible person! baaawwwww! (sorry I suck at correspondence)
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