never feel guilty about ad-blocking. ads are extremely predatory in many ways
if you are a small time business or self employed and you rely on ad revenue, i've got news for you: just like i would never be okay with you paying less than minimum wage so you can live out your fantasy of running a business, i'm not okay with you using predatory tactics to bring in an income either
there are so many ways to make money relatively ethically that are even more profitable, like selling merch. c'mon
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I feel that things like Patreon and Liberapay are much, much better models in many cases, especially when you are not delivering a physical product. That way you can have those with the means pay whatever they like, and your thing is still accessible to everyone else.
@ctrlaltdog and maybe the businesses could sell their products instead of making ad filled sites with annoying popups.. 🤔 Like online news sites could do some extended journalism pieces. But yeah, in my opinion if companies rely on ads, then their business model is doomed to fail eventually.
@ctrlaltdog Unfortunately none of those options even come close to making the same kind of money that ads do.
It seems people would typically rather watch ads than pay.
That being said, many people consider Patreon, PayPal, selling useless merch to be unethical too. And it's not like Librepay is the reliable solution we wanted it to be.
as for merch, it all boils down to how much you wanna critique consumerism in DIY, bc i dont view this as any different: selling merch you made yourself or, or hosting it up on another service with your designs
BUT merch is also not really all that viable anymore, ill agree there
more on point: if the intent of ad revenue is to self employ or run a business (including just reimbursement for time invested in projects), it isnt everyone elses burden to make the ends meet
if the intent of ad revenue is to keep something online, there are MANY workarounds to this
@oletedstilts @ctrlaltdog Personally, I make my content available on other platforms like PeerTube, but that's thanks to the generosity of the person running the instance (for which I am eternally grateful).
I wish there was a better way too. I get sponsorship offers about once a week, but they tend to be from shady companies.
they only tend to fall apart if you have commercialization in mind, which i kinda feel like you do if youre talking about sponsorship offers
this isnt some mortal sin, its just also not my problem as a consumer, if you dont like it there are many more things about business youll also hate
if it were just about content then wed be aspiring together toward a world of creativity without the limitations of capitalism
when i say its not my problem, i dont mean it in the sense of that i shouldnt care, i mean it in that i shouldnt have to be wary of folks middlemanning some pretty fucked concepts like ad companies tracking me just for pennies to keep a site afloat i kinda like or am even just trying out
that some of us have been put to "making ends meet" via whatever means we can manage online is garbage
@succfemboi i mean there is no ethical consumption under capitalism but we can try at least the find the method which brings about the least harm and the most reward (at least for those who actually need it to survive and thrive, rather than those just looking to make themselves richer)
@succfemboi and it is true that a lot of the conditions under which merch is produced are disgusting, so i guess it wouldn't be the best choice. but there still are other options
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