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has the internet become almost unusable for anyone else?

Posted 3 Weeks ago by poptart!

i know in the past it used to be pain when you'd go to a site and get 20 pop-up ads, but it seemed like we moved past that for awhile. sites were clean and easy to use. but now it's like:

>on phone
>see an article about an upcoming movie
>click into it
>banner: "This website uses cookies! Plz accept them (:"
>click accept
>tiny ad pops up with an X button the size of a flea
>finally click X
>start reading the article
>oh that was just the preview
>click 'view full article'
>it doesn't work

>on laptop
>big news story drops
>click into it
>"I see that you're using adblock ))))): Plzzzzzzz whitelist us to read our article"
>whitelist the site
>four ads immediately load, blinding me with their obnoxious designs
>trying to find the article in the middle of all this fuckery
>suddenly someone starts talking
>the corresponding video to the article is autoplaying
>the text hasn't even loaded yet
>refresh the page
>"You're out of free articles for the month (:"

>ok, i'll watch something on youtube
>video loads, i'm watching it
>2 minutes in
>ad interrupts the video mid sentence

>ok how about twitter
>reading a tweet
>twitter automatically refreshes the timeline
>can't find what i was reading again

fuck, it's like, why even bother with this shit

There are 21 Replies


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3 Weeks ago
poptart!
 

Not really for the most part. Guess it's a combination of more than one adblocker and noscript evening things out or something.

>"You're out of free articles for the month (:"

>click 'view full article'

>it doesn't work

This does happen rarely though.

3 Weeks ago
Grey Echelon
 

what adblockers are you using?

3 Weeks ago
poptart!
 

Ublock origin (with all of the possible filters in it's settings enabled) and ghostery. May have to mess with the settings otherwise a bit though.

3 Weeks ago
Grey Echelon
 

I guess the internet has just lost its appeal to me in general.

IDK. Maybe I need to just delete my Facebook again, but lately, I feel like my internet experience has become too streamlined and targeted toward me. Everything on social media is an ad. Especially on places I go to for fresh content, like Reddit; they're just way sneakier about it there. Everyone is an 'influencer', they just want my generated revenue, no one seems to be making that awesome, zany content anymore just for the fun of it.

I used to stumble through the internet looking for some new rabbit hole adventure. I don't get that any more, and it just makes me so sad.

3 Weeks ago
Aviatrix
 

"I see that you're using adblock ))))): Plzzzzzzz whitelist us to read our article"


Usually when this happens I'm able to turn it back on just before it actually loads the ads. But usually if a site forces me to whitelist them, I don't visit the site. It's very rare that I am interested enough in the headline to want to deal with their ads though, I'll just google search what they're on about and find a different site to tell me.

3 Weeks ago
Moonray
 

Over the last ten years, evasion and subversion of corporate interests in the course of something as banal as browsing articles has become less of a weirdo resistance thing and more of a strategy for basic survival. The inherent nature of capitalism demands ever-increasing violation and degeneracy; denying it, even through theft (which using adblockers is not, despite the fucking tantrums that advertisers throw about it) is often more reasonable than accepting it.

3 Weeks ago
9x19mm
 

Unless I’m on my phone I haven’t seen a YouTube ad in years. Ditch adblocker and use Ublock Origin.

3 Weeks ago
S.O.H.
 

Unless I’m on my phone I haven’t seen a YouTube ad in years. Ditch adblocker and use Ublock Origin.


Lately, I've been using Brave Browser, which is lighter, faster and blocks more out-of-the-box than most browsers do with multiple extensions. It also has a Tor option built in, which is interesting.

3 Weeks ago
9x19mm
 

has the internet become almost unusable for anyone else?

Largely no, but it's becoming more tedious. Paywalls used to be a minor inconvenience, but they've adapted to the point where incognito/browser clearing doesn't do the trick in most cases. If I really want to read an article, I use my phone. It seems like news sites are afraid to limit articles for cell carriers, probably because phone IPs seem to change regularly. Or maybe I'm just lucky.

As for ads, I mainly use AdblockPlus for Chrome on my PC. It seems to handle most sites pretty well (youtube included), and the small handful I've turned it off for aren't egregiously bad. I've considered setting up Pihole as my nuclear option, but even that seems to be having trouble keeping up these days. I don't bother adblocking on my phone, as I don't browse the internet much on it and when I do it's a select few trustworthy sites.

IDK. Maybe I need to just delete my Facebook again, but lately, I feel like my internet experience has become too streamlined and targeted toward me.

I clear my browser history at least once a day, sometimes more. It helps keep things from feeling too targeted. And while I have google/youtube accounts, I don't actually use them for anything other than getting around age-gated youtube vids. Otherwise they stay logged out of my browser.

I don't doubt that these companies can still piece together a profile of me, even with these measures, but at least they'd have to work for it.

3 Weeks ago
Count Dooku
 

I like how some sites fill thier pages with so many thumbnail gifs and ad space that sometimes I feel like i'm back in 1998 with a dialup connection with how slow those pages load.

2 Weeks ago
Q
 

Honestly, revisiting this site has remimded me of the better places on the interbutts. I have to remember what I posted and where. The slower reply time allows for more thought, less off-the-hip reactions. I'm working on decreasing my fb time and increasing time spent reading too.

And it's good to see some familiar names here 💜💙

2 Weeks ago
Tek Shmansen
 

Lately, I've been using Brave Browser, which is lighter, faster and blocks more out-of-the-box than most browsers do with multiple extensions.

I've used this a few times as a secondary browser but I keep using firefox as my primary still just because I don't trust chromium based browsers as much and don't like contributing to chrome/chromium browsers being the vast vast majority because I care for some reason.

And it's good to see some familiar names here 💜💙

Not sure who you are but I've changed my name sometimes so you might remember me but idk! Regardless good to see you around.

2 Weeks ago
Grey Echelon
 

y eah it's really fru strating.

2 Weeks ago
tnu
 

I don't really see ads or pop-ups being more invasive today as say, back in the late 90's/early 2000's. As someone mentioned above, uBlock Origin Extension is king; Brave as well as an even further measure.

I will admit there are more of those "pay to access/view" sites around nowadays (typically news or political articles?), but I don't really use them. That's anecdotal for sure so I can't really give feedback on those.

2 Weeks ago
Axem Metal
 

Wait, you guys have YouTube ads? *insert meme here*

I subscribed to Google Play Music instead of Spotify like 10 years ago, it just turned into YouTube music and comes with a No YouTube Ads, Ever subscription, for the same price as Spotify Premium for all ya'll nerds who aren't in college

/end targeted ad here

2 Weeks ago
foxygirl
 

I just got some adblock software on my work computer too, I'll eventually cave and use the paid one on my phone probably because the mobile ads are the ones that are the actual problem. I think it's called AdGuard? but it had a lot of good reviews. Not free, but efficient.

2 Weeks ago
foxygirl
 

Wait, you guys have YouTube ads?


i do on my work laptop. adblock takes care of them on my regular laptop. i'd add it to the work PC as well but i'm not sure if i'm allowed lol

the only benefit is that i get to lie on a ton of surveys

2 Weeks ago
poptart!
 

I subscribed to Google Play Music instead of Spotify like 10 years ago, it just turned into YouTube music and comes with a No YouTube Ads, Ever subscription, for the same price as Spotify Premium for all ya'll nerds who aren't in college


if it was bundled with a streaming service I would pick it up.

2 Weeks ago
S.O.H.
 

One thing that really gets my goat lately is paywalls on news articles.

If I'm trying to fact-check some piece of news on some site with questionable reporting, the paywall is a barrier to finding out the actual truth. That should be illegal.

I'm usually able to get past them through some combination of inspect element and the following:

  • finding the overlay element that covers the whole screen and setting it to "display: none"

  • Finding the main element of the page (usually the content or its first child) and turning off its "overflow: hidden", or adding "overflow-y: scroll" if they're doing it some other way.

  • If a site is more complicated than that (looking at you, telegraph), I can *sort of* read the article by viewing its source.

    I'm considering adding an extension (like whatever the new version of greasemonkey is) to make my tweaks permanent, but it's not quite to that level of annoyance yet.

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