Those of you who added reams of ad-blocking software to your PC's in the last two years, almost solely to block ads for the X10 wireless cam
, may be shocked (gasp!) to find out that they weren't paying for the ads the whole time
. In a dramatic and satisfying turnaround, X10's ad providers have sued them to the tune of 4.1 million USD.
When lamers sue lamers, everyone wins!
posted by poorhaus
on Oct 22, 2003 -
be allowed to contain caricatures and satire
of major figures without their permission? My opinion is yes they bloody well should. Good luck to the producers with hunting down Osama.
posted by Pretty_Generic
on Nov 27, 2002 -
This arrest is brought to you by...
has come up with the idea of covering police cruisers with advertising as a way for local law-enforcement to deal with budget cuts. Apparently, twelve towns have already gone for it. This group
is trying to stop it. Institutions like schools
are already being taken over by advertising and product placement. Is this any different? "Freeze! You want fries with that?"
posted by notclosed
on Nov 3, 2002 -
'Is media bias real?', part two:
Left-leaning media criticism folks FAIR
have produced a report detailing some examples of of publishers, advertisers, and government officials killing stories they don't like and placing stories they do. What about the Chinese Wall between the business of news and the actual newsgathering? To quote a CBS news producer on the distinction between entertainment and news, "That line was over a long, long time ago....That line is long gone."
posted by snarkout
on Feb 25, 2001 -
News.com gets redesigned
and ordinarily I wouldn't consider this newsworthy, but the incredible overrun of annoyingly large banner & Flash ads is the matter at hand here.
posted by hijinx
on Jan 23, 2001 -
Is this annoying to anyone else?
I usually get most of my news from either ABCnews.com or CNN.com, then this morning I noticed that every time I load ABCnews, an annoying ad banner pops up for AT&T over the browser toolbar. I know that big sites have used popups before (usually as announcements or something else), but an ad popup on such a major site seems like an even further blurring of that line between media and advertising. I guess I'm switching news sources.
posted by almostcool
on Nov 28, 2000 -
The flip side of the DejaNews linking fracas.
Here's a story about YellowBrix (love that name) who supply a news feed with appropriate words pre-hotlinked to your products. This isn't exactly the same problem as the Deja thing for a couple reasons, but the original newswriters *still* didn't know their words would be linked. It's not as bad... but is it acceptable?
posted by baylink
on Aug 3, 2000 -