When I click on the links to the excellent articles and analysis that [entity] provides, advertisements are thrown at me -- degrading my bandwidth and taking over my sound system -- and so I close the window ... having not read the excellent article and analysis.I long ago stopped bothering with the Conservatism, Inc entity called National Review Online precisely for this reason, even before their editors made it so publicly clear that they were more concerned with "respectability", as defined by leftists, than with opposing and turning back leftism.
In the near future, I expect that I will instruct my email to automatically send all emailings from [entity] into the "junk mail" folder.
My question this: why it it so difficult to comprehend that trying to take over your potential readers' browers is the best way to turn potential readers into non-readers?
Why is it so difficult to comprehend that if the advertising at a website – or on a television network – drives away the eyeballs and eardrums, then the website (or network) merely ends up cutting its own throat?
For example, the *reason* that broadcast television is floundering isn't due to cable television, it's because 20 or more minutes of every hour is commercials (and the same damned ones, over and over and over).
For example, the *reason* that cable television is floundering isn't due to "alternate choices", it's because 20 or more minutes of every hour is commercials (and the same damned ones, over and over and over).
For example, the *reason* that Hulu is going to be floundering in the not too distant future isn't due to "X, Y and Z", it's because there are too many commercials (and the same damned ones, over and over and over ... including even after you have indicated that you don't want to see a specific one again).