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Originally posted by Alethea
I can understand your concern about loss of revenue though ads.
However, many of these advertisers ARE unscrupulous and people have experienced virus attacks and trojans because of these ads. I have, on many occassions, had my computer both attacked and frozen from such ads.
I think people should have a voice in whether to allow cookies or not. Otherwise, it is a condition of use that is being shoved down our throats whether we like it or not.
Those who wish to contribute financially to the website by allowing cookies should have the option of "giving" in that way instead of it being demanded of them.
Also, if allowing cookies were an optional feature, and even if it did affect the income of the website, then those websites who still stand, in spite of smaller incomes from ads, would show that their motives are altruistic and not simply a "for profit" pasttime.
When people are involved in something they truly believe in, lack of monetary reward is not a factor.
I am in favor of the bill that gives people the voice of freedom of choice.
[edit on 25-11-2009 by Alethea]
These ego-alien identifications, built up over the course of a lifetime, cohere and form a distinct, circumscribed personality, or false self, that represents and enforces the rules and regulations of civilization. This false self is observable in the frozen facial expressions, stereotypic gestures, and unexamined behavioral patterns of the general public. This false self determines much of our everyday lives, so that we are seldom the origin of our actions. We lapse into the false self at the first sign of danger, under stress, or simply because it is the path of least resistance. In this unthinking mode of social role playing, we internally reproduce our own oppression.
Mass dumbness is vital to modem society. The dumb person is wonderfully flexible clay for psychological shaping by market research, government policymakers; public-opinion leaders, and any other interest group. The more pre-thought thoughts a person has memorized, the easier it is to predict what choices he or she will make. What dumb people cannot do is think for themselves or ever be alone for very long without feeling crazy. That is the whole point of national forced schooling; we aren't supposed to be able to think for ourselves because independent thinking gets in the way of "professional" think-ing, which is believed to follow rules of scientific precision
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
Is this something we should do? If you think it is, I will bring to bear all that I know to ensure your opinions are noticed in an independent effort (not directly related to ATS) all users of the web could embrace.