jjoyce wrote: The smug anti-ad types think their world is a better place without all these images clouding their thinking, but in reality, advertising is what has allowed alternative publications like Isthmus and the Onion (along with scores more) to operate in a market dominated by traditional media.
Just as a Ford is not like a BMW, print media and online media are not equivalent. And telling your readers that they are smug when you keep telling us that the way you do business is not only the best way, but the only way... well... if you want to be considered progressive and alternative, that argument rings sorta hollow.
My world is a better place without ads popping up all over the place on my browser. Just because Isthmus isn't part of the problem (and I really do agree that your ads are generally unobtrusive) doesn't mean that no problem exists. Quit taking this as a personal attack on you - the Web is an awfully big place and not everyone has the best interests of surfers in mind. It's a lot easier on my end to just block all ads - I tried a program once where I had to manually block ads and guess what? It worked poorly and consumed a lot of my time (time I could have spent reading content.)
jjoyce wrote:It can't be replaced by selling t-shirts (which need, y'know, ad-style things to market them in the first place).
Or a simple, unobtrusive link tab that says "store."