I've long since come to terms with Internet Advertising. In reality, it's what drives much of the content, much as the way our commercial television is paid for. I've embraced it, I believe it's necessary, and any of us who use "free content" or services, have to accept that it's part of doing business on the Web. Someone has to pay for this Blogger service, just as they do over at AOL.
And the same goes for television. We want TV, we deal with commercials.
I think my only real problem with television advertising is how it seems to be presented lately. One local cable provider here, Cablevision, has branched out into Internet and internet phone. They've improved their cable TV service by converting it to digital format. That's fine.
But what they're doing lately is a big push for the bundled phone/internet/tv package, which they call I/O. They have an incredibly irritating commercial, which is only the beginning. What's putting me out of my mind is that they present this commercial on nearly every break. (think about how often a regular show "goes to commercial"). It ran 12 times in an hour and a half this morning.
And the NY Times is also running a commercial with the same frequency. They're offering a special rate for Weekend subscriptions. But it ran 11 times in that period. I get it, folks, but because of those two commercials, I'm definitely NOT going to order the Weekend Times, nor am I going to buy Cablevision's Triple Play.
Do you think that's what they wanted to accomplish?