Ad-blocking hypocrisy


This interesting illustration comes from a typically-insightful piece by Doc Searls about the blight that covert web-tracking has unleashed on the Web. Interestingly, he points out that the trackers are, in fact, not important for the Times.

Those four tracking-protecting systems (RedMorph, Privacy Badger, Ghostery and Disconnect) would all have given green lights to the Times if the paper just ran ads that aren’t based on tracking. You know, like the ones they run in print. Advertisers would still reach the Times’ desirable readers. And signaling to readers by advertisers would be clear and uncontaminated by the shitty practices that now pollute the whole digital media environment.

Great stuff. Worth reading in full.