posted on Apr, 24 2012 @ 12:45 PM
Originally posted by MountainLaurel
How could it be her "fault" that because she is a middle aged woman, the ads targeting her are for weight loss products and dating sights? The whole
concept that ads "profile" middle aged woman as fat and desperate for a man if single is disgusting!
It's her "fault" because the ads appearing to her are based on where she has been. For example, I recently booked a trip to Disneyland. Immediately
I had Disneyland ads on ATS. I looked at generators. Immediately I had generator ads on ATS. Yesterday I was trying to find a "sport canopy" (a
simple tent-like affair that is quick and easy to put up.) Immediately, I saw canopy ads on ATS. I'm in the market for a 16GB thumb drive. Guess
what? Thumb drive ads.
Usually these ads don't stay for long because they are not "persistent," but some are. The OP is complaining about ATS when it is her own browsing
behavior that caused the ads to appear. In that sense, they are her "fault." She doesn't admit to visiting sites that are promoting weight loss fat
girl dieting products, but the fact is, they didn't get there by accident. ATS is not promoting these scams; she is. She doesn't see ads for
Disneyland or generators and I don't see ads for dieting.
This ought to be of concern for all of us because it isn't just ads. It's search results themselves. If you visit conservative sites, then search
for "Arab Spring" or "Occupy Movement," you are going to get different results compared to someone who visits liberal sites. The search results
are not objective. You are not seeing an objective search result, but one tailored to your perspective. Using exactly the same search terms, you go
down one path and I go down another.