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I recently wrote a brief post on the websites asking me to turn off my ad blocker. Forbes and Business Insider are two of them. No, I will NOT turn of my ad blocker. Why do you think I have an ad blocker? It’s because I don’t want to see those ads with the flabby fatsos and the couples having sex and the deformed and disfigured people with terrible skin rashes and other abnormalities. Sorry about that.

And further, some of these Internet advertisers put spyware cookies on people’s browsers, tracking cookies, etc. And in some cases, malware. I learned that the hard way back in 2005, and since then I’ve been very cautious with these things. More recently, on one website I read, some of its advertisers were loading their ads and were making the page take too long to load. I could see in the lower left what they were, and after doing some research, I saw that some of those ad websites were flagged for their spyware. So I put those ad websites into the “cookie exceptions” list to block them and prevent them from placing cookies on my browser. Yes, for me it’s beyond just using an ad blocker.

And more recently, I saw that the Daily Caller is joining in their telling me to turn off my ad blocker. (Well now I see that at least they have an option to “continue without whitelisting Daily Caller” or something like that. I don’t think that was there before.)

So, if I can’t read your website without turning off my ad blocker, then I obviously won’t link to any of your articles. Yes, I know these websites are “ad-driven,” but I never click on website ads and have never actually made a purchase from clicking on an ad. At least, I don’t think I have. Each one of us is different. And I think that the Internet is more individualistic. Each one of us has one’s own desired settings and personal preferences.

Now, do these website people think that my having an ad blocker prevents other people from seeing the ads? Is that what the “Turn off your ad blocker” people think? Nope. My having an ad blocker only prevents MY browser from showing your stupid, disgusting ads, so that only I don’t see them. Other people viewing your website can see your ads. Am I the only one who understands this?

For some reason, Tom Knapp seems to think that I as a website visitor have some obligation to view disgusting ads if I want to see that website. Commenter Paul says that Knapp might be referring to some kind of implicit contract that doesn’t exist. And no, the website’s CPU resources or bandwidth is not the responsibility of those visitors to that website. If you want to make that the case, then the website needs to charge visitors for merely visiting the website. No, it’s the responsibility of the people running the website. Am I wrong?

Anyway, I’m going to continue using my ad blocker because I don’t like seeing annoying, disgusting, intrusive ads. I HATE them! If a website demands that I turn off the ad blocker, then I guess I won’t go to that website and see anything on that website, and I obviously won’t link to any of their articles.

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