Okay... I like my RSS feeds because they keep me up-to-date with the stuff I'm interested in.
So, I click on this feed which leads me to article about a mom getting mad at Balmer for some reason or another. Instead of going to the site itself, I'm brought to this full-page ad for something I'm not even remotely interested in.
So, I look around and find the "click to close" button, and notice that right above it, it says "THE PAGE YOU REQUESTED IS LOADING
". I thought to myself, "That's completely deceptive! What it should really say is "WE'RE CURRENTLY BLOCKING THE PAGE YOU REQUESTED BY FORCING YOU TO VIEW THIS ONE!
Sheesh.... So, I close that irritant, and the article loads.
While reading, I accidently roll over that little red "CDW' flag up in the corner, and this freakish flash-animation begins, covering the entire page-visible article I was reading. So, I try to figure out how to close that piece of totally un-interesting nonsense, and try to continue reading my article.
The funny thing is, I really don't even remember what the article was about. I remember more being irritated by the stupid crap being smeared all over what I was trying to read.
Where in the world is the Internet of yesterday which wasn't so bent on advertising?
I mean, are they really
making that much money, to warrant the possibility of annoying the majority of their user-base away from their site?
Anyway... I just wanted to vent about this trend of putting the most ads possible in the smallest amount of space because it annoys me to no end.
I mean... hey... Why not divide up our television screens into a brady-bunch-esque mass of blocks, having the center block display the actual show, and all other blocks show a dizzying array of animated advertisments??
I know, I know... It's a horrible analogy, but c'mon.... really... I'd be surprised if *anyone* is clicking on all that crap they are forcing upon us...
...but then again, maybe someone actually is. I don't know the statistics. I just know that it angers me more and more each day I use the web.