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[-] ThisIsMyLemmyLogin 72 points 10 months ago

I find it disturbing that there are people out there who spend much of their time thinking about new ways to get people to see adverts. Surely it falls under the "bullshit jobs" category that David Graeber once wrote about.

[-] [email protected] 48 points 10 months ago

It's not just that there are people thinking about it, it's that this is what our brightest minds in our society are incentivized to think about.

There is a joke in tech circles - if you are smart enough you eventually end up in ad tech. It's really unhealthy for our society.

[-] Crisps 24 points 10 months ago

A lot of ads should be banned for environmental reasons alone. From junk mail, lit up signs, eyesore billboards, and all the power wasted in digital ads.

[-] [email protected] 1 points 10 months ago

The big reasons I'm against this is all the side effects. Yes, there will be more ads, but there will also be:

  1. More autoplaying videos on article websites
  2. Increased risk of malware from ads
  3. Decreased competition in the browser space
  4. Decreased competition in the OS space
  5. More tracking and data harvesting
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