Advertising [was: web page searching

From: Nichael Lynn Cramer (
Date: Sat May 15 1999 - 13:25:29 EDT

Hello Maurice

What you say is true, and this is good advice. However my intended point
was somewhat different.

My concern was not with the irritation felt by the reader. Rather that the
owners of the websites who use this service will find pages published
--effectively under the aegis of their website-- which contain
advertisements over which those owners have no control, and for products in
whose choice they had no say.

Now, one might argue that this is a reasonable fee to charge for this
service --after all the provider has to be getting something out of it.
However it is not correct to call it "free". (Or, rather, it is free only
in the --incorrect-- sense in which American television is said to be
"free" --presumably because the viewer does not pay a monthly free-- or, to
change focus slightly, that American public education is free, because
students do not pay a daily admissions fee.)


Maurice A. O'Sullivan wrote:
>At 21:41 14/05/99 -0400, you wrote:
>>Jim West wrote:
>>>Again- this service is free (and I am in no way connected with it- i simply
>>>pass on the information in case someone is interested).
>>"Free" being a relative term here. Those interested in using this service
>>should realize that the pages displaying the results contain advertisements
>>(i.e. at the discretion of the search-provider); currently rather minimal,
>>but that may well change as the service becomes established.
>That may be so -- but current browsers have useful tools such as 'disable
>Java' and 'stop animations', which cut down on the time taken to load
>pages: unless you have an ideological objection to advertising, this should
>help to reduce the irritation.
>Maurice A. O'Sullivan [ Bray, Ireland ]

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