I just read a news article and got to wondering…
The poll isn’t limited strictly to ad blocking software, it’s meant to include script blockers and any other addons designed to stop advertisers from annoying or slowing you down.
I broke down earlier this year because of auto playing video ads and because of the performance hit I was taking. A close runner up is just how annoying those ‘One simple trick’ ads are.
In one of my RL conversations someone tried to argue that advertisers have a first amendment right to have ads delivered to my browser.
So before anyone starts that here, let me stop you now. It ain’t so. The first amendment only prevents the government from limiting you. Your first amendment rights literally end at my property line. Or in the case of the internet, at my modem. If you come to my house blathering some nonsense or selling some snake oil that I’m not interested in hearing about, you have two choices. STFU or get off my property.
Calling ad blockers ‘immoral and unethical’ implies that ads are somehow moral and ethical. I don’t see advertisements falling into either of those categories. To me, ad blockers are the equivalent of Terminex for the internet.