Over Ran With Advertisements

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


CNN, Mashable, National Geographic, Forbes, and many others have been dubbed distracting websites that are flooded with advertisements that hide the actual content of the sites.

This causes the website to become very busy and discourages the reader to 'find' the actual content of the site to read. Plus these advertisements could cause problems such as constant pop ups on the readers computer.

I feel a little disheartened with this situation and believe that major news sites are only focused on one thing, money. If they really cared about the reader's thirst for news, they wouldn't have so many advertisements trying to seek revenue with every click of the reader.

works cited: www.poynter.org ; www.creativecommons.org

3 comments:

SarinaRhinehart December 6, 2011 at 7:17 PM  

There are many website that I visit and feel like I have to dig to find the actual content because there is advertising everywhere.

I actually try and avoid website that I know to have excessive ads.

Sometimes you just want to read an article in peace without so many popups.

Dylan December 6, 2011 at 7:45 PM  

Without the ads, the website would go out of business. Should we as readers just accept this fact because our news is free? As far as the pop ups, this I do not like. They may cause viruses and then deter the reader from returning.

kelleygray December 7, 2011 at 11:39 AM  

As Dylan suggested, I think that there are some things that we have to accept because our news is free. If we want to continue using Mashable, Poynter, CNN, etc. we are going to have to put up with a few ads. However, I think that it is the website's responsibility to make the ads tactful and easy to deal with. Having a few ads on the side of the page is a lot different than having multiple pop ups when you open the screen. Something like this may make the difference on whether I would use the site or not.

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