I'm going to have to agree with you how terrible it is, when I see a commercial that talks about helping farmers and feeding the world and then it
ends up being Monsanto, I usually flip it the bird. But it's like those stupid Google ads, they come up with the craziest stuff and the site owners
have no control over it. But this link
might make you
happier, it's about Haitians burning seeds that Monsanto sent them, there has also been a string of Monsanto fields being burned down, I don't support
burning the fields, but I support the idea. I'm definitely not a fan of ATS having these ads, you also get things like V advertisments too, but we
don't really get a say in all of that and neither do the owners for the most part. I'm in the process of making my own site, it's going to be ad-free,
the way it should be.
Here is a documentary called Genetically Modified Food: Panacea or Poison
David Versus Monsanto is another, but I couldn't find a full free one, it's about how the hybrid seeds end up in other people's fields, then Monsanto
demands the farmer pays for them, if they don't, then Monsanto sues them and tries to take their farm, sounds like they certainly care about us.
Another thing that scares me is the Monsanto Doomsday Vault, I know the world won't end, but if it did and they actually had to eventually go to the
vault to get the seeds, that means that all of the future Earth's veggies and fruits would be Frankenfood, scary.
As for being ad-free, making owning a site your job means you have to make money, if you don't have a store then you have to advertise. Personally,
I'd rather make a site ad-free and make no money off of it, ads seriously bring down the site. But as for everyone being against people making money
off of their information and such, I support people making money off of their knowledge and expertise, it's like paying for a self-help book, but site
advertising I feel is in a different category. If ATS only had the forum, I would say that ads are serious weak sauce, but they've amped it up and
given us ATS Street and comics and news, so they've put extra work into the site, so they deserve money. But I feel it'd be better for them to get
specific sponsors, it's the Google ads and the pop-ups nonsense that gets me. It used to be that everytime I clicked on something that wasn't a link,
a pop-up would come up, there were also random words that would be hyperlinked and if your cursor went over it then something would pop-up. To me,
that is seriously trashy, it also made me not enjoy coming to the site, but they've upgraded all of that stuff and now it's much better, but having to
hear 3 Lysol commercials play at slightly different times makes me want to throw my computer.
So as they say, if you don't like the site, then you can make your own...that's exactly what I'm doing and from the beginning I decided it would be
ad-free. It's only like 60 bucks to get a website for a year and have it be "secure" by paying extra money, so it's sort of sad that basically every
website has ads. When I google search for something very alternative and I click on a link and get sent to a page filled with advertising, I leave it.
So I'm not a big fan of ATS's advertising technique, but it's what allows so many uninformed idiots to call us disinfo agents for free and that
freeness is a great thing. Except you know what is way better than free, free with no advertising, god bless it. But I understand that all these
mindless ads on ATS allow many people to have their job, or supplement their job, be running a conspiracy forum, I fully support that. But......I
think selling cool t-shirts would be a better way to make money without selling your site's soul.
edit on 25-12-2010 by SincerelySarcastic
because: (no reason given)