A case for ad blockers?

I don’t believe in internet ad blockers.  I mean, I believe they exist, but I’m believer in advertising as a legitimate means to support content that’s provided to audiences for free.  It’s the ultimate leveling-agent, allowing anyone — rich or poor — access to information and entertainment.

And then I notice stuff like this.  Photo 1:  The normal homepage of CNET.com, as it appears right now as I type this.

Cnet Normal

Photo 2:  The same page at the same time with an ad blocker in effect.

Cnet Ad blocked

See what’s missing?

(Hint:  It’s the horrendously alarmist, fear-mongering “paid content” that has no place on a mainstream news site — let alone disguised as an actual article on that site.)

CNET, you can do better than this.  You’re only giving ammunition to people who want to decimate your primary form of revenue.