Everybody hates ads and wants to block ads - only as long as it's someone else, not you, the one who is making profit from them.

I hate my industry and I hate the way it is funded, with no exceptions. Many decades down the line, and the answer to "how do we increase revenue?" is still "just shovel more ads down the customers' throat", or "just collect more user data so you can shovel more targeted ads down the users' throat".

Companies like may make some extra revenue from their sales of overpriced gadgets, and therefore they could afford to build a narrative like "we're not Google and Facebook - we care about your privacy and we care about an experience with technology that is not overwhelmed by ads".

But, as their sales of iPhones and iPads decline amid supply shortages and market saturation, even Apple has to fall back on aggressive advertisement policies, and pretend that they never said anything they said about ads in the past 5 years.

How did we let the IT industry become so subjugate to the ads industry that nobody seem to even bother considering other business models?

@blacklight The last few extra percentage points of profit margin necessary to placate the stockholders.

That's what brought us here.


On the internet, everything was originally free (paid for by universities) and that’s what people have come to expect.

@useless_idiot people need to get onboard with the idea that a technology owned by private actors can never be free, because companies need to be profitable.

So we need to clearly tell people that Facebook's old banner ("Facebook is free, and it will always be"), or GMail's old caption on the trash folder ("Who ever needs to delete emails when you have unlimited mail storage?"), were outright lies. None of those services has ever been free - it was just paid by advertisers and investors.

So now we need to clearly tell people that they should have either the option to get a free service and their data raped by anybody out there on the market, or pay a monthly fee and get an ads-free service.

My guess is that most of the people won't care and they'll keep using the service for free. But some will care, and they pay their own money for the service and to ensure that their data is handled appropriately.

And we should clearly tell people that they should expect all the big services out there to *at least* provide them with this choice.

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