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I'm finding that more and more all the internet is, is one huge advertisement. I know it was inevitable, but it still sucks.
I'm researching a topic of interest on the internet, and almost without fail every time I click a link to go to a site, I get there and start reading and then it starts. Popup ad after popup ad. They pop up and block the content, or they pop into the content forcing you to scroll to ignore it and keep reading then a few seconds later, it disappears and you have to scroll back the other way. Some of them are almost as bad as a porn malware - they pop up so many and so quickly you have to just close the page to get back control of your browser.
And of course the jag-offs play a video with the volume cranked to levels Metallica would be proud of, out of the blue rattling your walls and startling the hell out of you.
They are getting sneakier and sneakier so that even conventional popup blockers don't protect you from this garbage.
I find this trend disturbing. It's really turning me off to do research this way. I can envision that at some point it will be just like TV - mostly ads with a little content. We seem to be getting closer to this every day. And the ads are getting more obnoxious.
Personally I don't outright watch TV shows live anymore - I simply DVR them and that way I can skip the ads and it saves me a hell of a lot of time this way as well since so much of the show is ads. (Currently 20 minutes out of an hour is advertisements).
Whenever I view content on the net I now mute my speakers and prepare to get thoroughly annoyed. The ads have become a bigger PITA than the potential of malware.
The "funniest" part is where they throw another popup at you wanting your email address (can you imagine all the low lifes they will sell that to if you are dumb enough to give that to them? Expect to be flooded with even more Viagra emails....). They try to make giving them that information sound like a GOOD thing; for example "YES I want to sign up so I can stay abreast of what's happening in the world" and "No, I'm a worthless hick who wants to remain an ignorant hillbilly missing half his teeth I don't care about what's going on". I mean please, what a pathetic attempt to manipulate, in order to profit off people.