Re: frustrated with edge


I don't believe it is ethical to block proper advertising when you are getting the content without charge. That isn't any kind of reciprocity. It is taking something for free and not compensating the site. If the site charges, that's different. its because sites don't charge that there is so much advertising. Paying for Internet service is irrelevant. You are paying for access to the Internet. That is a payment to your service provider and has nothing to do with web sites.

But sites don't have the right to go beyond a certain point in advertising. And that is why I say the Brave browser is a much more ethical way of dealing with advertising than just blocking it.

I don't know what ad blockers do in general. I know a popular one, I don't remember the name now, blocks a lot of bad advertising. It does allow some sites advertisements through under certain conditions. The user can block all ads, but that isn't the default.

Even the developers of this popular ad blocker recognize the need for reciprocity.


-----Original Message-----
From: Brian Vogel
Sent: Sunday, October 25, 2020 11:59 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] frustrated with edge

On Sun, Oct 25, 2020 at 12:50 PM, Gene wrote:
Since sites are paid by Brave through nontargeted ads being shown, that is a much more ethical way to deal with advertising than just blocking it.-
And my point is that there is nothing unethical about an end user blocking it. I pay for my internet service, I pay for my computer, I do have the absolute right to determine what I do and do not choose to look at.

It is not my fault if the current business model is an "eyeball counter via presentation" model. And that's really not my concern. The owners of websites actually do have the power to insist this not be the case, and that's the only way change will be made.


Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 2004, Build 19041

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