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(Is ad blocking wrong?)

I've (finally) uploaded a new item for the Truths section of this site: "Is Ad Blocking Wrong?". It is an attempt at a both simpler and more thorough explication of my thoughts on the subject (first discussed here).

April 25, 2002 12:24 PM

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So let me see if I have this correct. If the ad blocking software requested the page but somehow prevented if from being displayed that wouldn't be stealing. But more like walking out of the room before an ad comes on television.

Posted by Norm Jenson on April 28, 2002 6:00 PM

If by "page" you mean the advertisement, then, yes. That's what I think, at least.

Posted by M on April 28, 2002 10:25 PM

Yes that is exactly what I meant. Thanks for the clarification. I agree.

Posted by Norm Jenson on April 29, 2002 12:57 AM

http://www.nytimes.com/2002/03/24/magazine/24ETHICIST.html

Interesting link on the topic.

Norm

Posted by Norm Jenson on April 29, 2002 11:24 PM

Indeed! My previous discussion on this topic was in fact a response to Mr. Cohen's column. I also had a very unsatisfying email exchange with him thereafter, by the way; I explained how ad blocking is different from other cases he discusses, but he completely failed to explain to me how it could be morally upright behavior to selfishly harm someone else.

Posted by M on April 30, 2002 1:03 AM

It crossed my mind that perhaps it was the genesis of your remarks. It would have been fun to be a fly on the wall during that conversation, or more exactly a fly in cyberspace.

Posted by Norm Jenson on April 30, 2002 3:51 AM


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