Why I disabled Ad-Block

Clint Lalonde, Dec 24, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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OK, it's not going to convince me to disable Ad-Block on my own browser, but it's an interesting perspective. Clint Lalonde writes, "it hit me that blocking ads, while removing an annoyance from my personal view, was also blinding my ability to effectively analyze an open learning resource... Knowing a site uses ad revenue to subsidize their free offerings is an important bit of information that I need to know in order to properly do my job." I don't think I need to know this at that level of detail. I know ads are pervasive on the internet. That's enough information for me (for the same reason, I haven't disabled my spam filters).

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