Google and Facebook are *advertising* businesses.

Apple is not *as* bad because they have a different business model: planned-obsolescence.

@lightweight @wolftune Ads are annoying, but is advertising inherently bad?

TV, radio and magazines have always been supported by advertisement, I don't see why the web shouldn't, especially when nobody can figure out an alternative economic model that would work for most websites.

@codewiz @lightweight

Ads are far more than annoying. Name any ill in our modern world that wasn't an issue thousands of years ago, and I can probably tie it to *dependency* on advertising (especially when you consider that political campaigns are driven by ads).

@wolftune @lightweight @snowdrift Very good reading, and mostly agreeable.

Yet, I still suspect that my favorite niche websites out there wouldn't survive solely on these alternative funding models, and I say this even though I personally subscribe to a ton of websites, including one newspaper and three Japanese language learning sites.

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