Trashy Advertising Influence
We talk all the time about how bad emotionally driven advertising has had a detrimental influence in our society. Starting at a very young age, billions of dollars are spent to take advantageous of our inner desires for love, significance and our insecurities to sell us things we don’t need. It has changed our outlook about what would truly make us happy and has filled our minds with so much garbage that perhaps many of us feel immune to it. “What is the big deal… right?”.
Well that brings up the question – what can be done?
AdBlock Plus – Block Advertising on Websites
I wanted to highlight a small plugin for Firefox that will BLOCK ADS on all websites. How does that work? Any ads being served from advertising URLs are simply removed from the page.
See this quick 1.5 minute AdBlock Plus video below to see how it works.
Does it work?
Yes! Here are some sample screenshots of what happens when adblock is turned on.
New York Times (Ads in Green) — New York Times (Ads Blocked)
New York Times uses a very similar style as other news sites. Lots of ads are integrated into the page as shown by the highlighted green boxes. See the image on the right with AdBlock Plus activated. Notice all the ads are now gone. The entire right sidebar is almost cut in half! Pretty nice.
ESPN (Ads in Green) — ESPN (Ads Blocked)
I’ve been recently dismayed at the type of ads showing up on ESPN. Early in the year you’ll see tons of “dating/ personal” ads as well as weight loss ads (taking advantage of new year resolutions and those who were lonely over the holiday break). Often these ads show pretty young girls in ways to make the user want to feel insecure and desire to look different and for guys to want to seek out a new relationship. Being a sports site with heavy male demographic, you can imagine the type of ads showing up here. The ads on ESPN have relatively been ok, except for a recent streak of bad ads. But flip on adblock plus and now the ads are gone! The site still intact. Awesome.
Ok, looks great, where do I get it?
Download the Plugin Here: AdBlock Plus Firefox Plugin
Read More: More Advertising Influence Articles
- Let us know what you think of the plugin!
- How did it work for you?