This blog is now ad-free.
I firmly believe that surveillance capitalism propping up the online ad economy is a scourge and existential threat, both to the open Internet and to civil society in general. We sorely need to come up with economic and business models that allow the creation and distribution of high quality information (new, investigate journalism, peer-reviewed science, cultural artifacts, etc.) without requiring consumers of such information to give up their privacy.
Aside. I have a related rant on why we should start paying for software and services (but also avoid Software-as-a-Service), but I’ll save that for later.
I don’t know how to solve the broader societal and economic version of the problem, but I can take the small personal step of protecting readers of this blog. So I’m paying the $4 a month to upgrade to the Premium version of WordPress.com to get rid of the (increasingly tasteless) ads. That seems to have gotten rid of the annoying cookie disclaimer as well.
Eventually I would like to move off of WordPress.com and transition to a lighter static site completely under my control, but this will do for now.