Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love: I really have to agree with this post. Too many people feel like the Internet is designed to be free, and there’s no expense associated with content development.
This is an impassioned plea for Ars Technica not to block their ads. It’s worth reading.
My argument is simple: blocking ads can be devastating to the sites you love. I am not making an argument that blocking ads is a form of stealing, or is immoral, or unethical, or makes someone the son of the devil. It can result in people losing their jobs, it can result in less content on any given site, and it definitely can affect the quality of content. It can also put sites into a real advertising death spin.
I wrote about this exact same thing a couple years ago: AdBlock Plus and the Future of Advertising:
Like it or not, advertising is the currency of media. Unless you want to pay for everything you watch, read, or hear, advertising is going to have to be somewhere.
Risking a really bad analogy, it’s like a terrorist movement, — if you successfully block its traditional methods, it will just come out in more subversive ways. It’s up to us which method we let stick — but one of them will have to stick, trust me.