When you are extorted to having to sit through crass commercials just to view an article or post then online is in danger of becoming exactly what cable TV has a wasted and lost potential given over to gross capitalism/commercialism. To some this renders the value of the content suspect or at least secondary if not outright irrelevant.
I remember when non-commercial cable TV first came on, having no commercials to constantly interupt your favorite programs was THE selling point and improved the continuity and dramatic impact of programs. Then came the suits with their schemes interjecting commercials right at the point of highest tension and their intricate ways of tricking viewers to sit through them. TV has never been the same nor will ever be again. This is the main reason that television has lost out to the Internet in such a short period of time.
BUT WAIT, There are even more insidious schemes online way more infuriating than just having to temporarily abide commercials and even more disgusting longer-form infomercials masquerading as real programming in order to lure in viewers!
I had to sit through a 60 second online commercial about a product I despise just to view a short blog post I thought might be interesting, it wasn’t! That experiece pissed me off. I wasted a minute of valuable time I will never be able recover, thus this article and these thoughts.