at this stage I really just don't have any patience for any of the arguments about whether or not adblocking is "ethical."
I'm going to block as many ads as I can. No, you can't stop me. No, if you try, I'll just leave and use some other website. No, it's not theft. No, I don't give a shit. Get off my lawn.
I literally could not possibly care less if adblocking kills your website. Good fucking riddance, honestly. I really, really do not care who you are or how wholesome your goals are - if you rely on ad revenue to stay alive, you're already dead sooner or later anyway, and it's not my job to care. Find another way to fund your operations.
I also won't pay subscriptions, because I can't afford them. That's fine - if you can make the subscription model work, then good for you; what I can and can't afford is on me. However, somehow, I suspect that the "threat" of pushing subscription-based models as an undesirable endgame is really more of a plea to get us to bail you out of going there, because you know it won't work.
If you try to convince me that adblocking is against my own interests in the way that many have before, what you might not fully understand is that I *do not care* if the entire commercial web goes belly-up. It'll be a blessing if it ever does, and couldn't happen too soon.
This is not just me getting tired of annoying ads, this is a rational and premeditated decision that I'm not going back on. Fuck advertising.
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