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"Ads help us to be more informed about what products are available to us" (paraphrasing)

A kind public service! We should really be paying them, but the advertisers inform us for free!

Asking about the ethics of hiding ads seems a little like asking about the ethics of taking shelter during a carpet bombing attack.

I wish we would steer these discussions away from economics (Do the ads work? Are there better ways to monetize, do they stabilize or destabilize markets, etc) and toward culture. What is the cultural effect of saturating the internet (and the rest of the world for that matter) with ads? I am not the first person to ask...

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