Kester posted an interesting post yesterday about online advertising and how it is a bad thing as it is the poor who lose out. See also his Facebook group ‘I’d Rather Pay For Facebook Than Put Up With All The Dumb Ads‘ and this previous post Advertising Makes Us All Poor.
I’d like to agree with him. I get so annoyed by adverts sometimes that steam comes out of my quite literal ears (in a metaphorical way). TV adverts annoy me the most. I try to keep a mental list of companies I will not buy from because their adverts are so annoying. Fortunately for these companies I am not good at mental lists.
But on the other hand if there were no advertising I am worried that the world would stop turning. There would be no newspapers and probably in an indirect way no CartoonChurch.com. There would be knock on effects you see.
The adverts here on the site don’t make a huge amount of money, but they are better than nothing. I do not see them as a great evil – if I were to rank all the evils I can think of they would be in the lower divisions, somewhere near people who put their feet on the chair in front and joggle inadvertently.
I tend to think that Google Adsense (the system I use here) is the most acceptable form of advertising as it is mainly used by small businesses and bizarre religious groups rather than large multinationals.
I don’t know – what do you think?