I had heard about Adblock before but then Patrick linked to this on his Twitter. What would happen to the internet if they were successful and got an ad in the Superbowl etc and most of the internet signed up? Would Giant Bomb be able to keep going? I know they get some money in subscriptions but I can't imagine it is enough to fund everything they are doing and make a profit for their evil corporate overlords. What about sites like Kotaku? (to be honest I wouldn't shed a tear if they vanished, but lots of the internet is based around these sites which make money from producing click-bait)
My guess is that it wouldn't be the paradise that Ad-Block envision. I think lots of sites would go more into direct sponsorship to keep going which has the potential to be even more gross. For example you would get articles bought to you 'In partnership with 1 amazing food to eat for a slimmer belly' or other crap and I think the difference between content and marketing would become that much harder to distinguish.
This is just my first thoughts, what do you lot think? Would it be great and remove a lot of awful pointless 'Ten celebrity disasters!!!!' sites from the internet or would it make it difficult for the sites that we love to continue?. I looked around the Ad-Block site briefly and I couldn't find any vision for the post adpocalypse. Where do you stand?
EDIT: ok I have looked a bit more closely at their main site and I can see that they don't want to block all ads. They just have a strict criteria of which ads they allow and they require any companies who want to show ads on the internet to apply through them to be put on a whitelist. However while they say they only want to stop bad ads, they have services which block YouTube ads before a video etc. Also not sure on them being the arbiters of what is good or bad on the internet. Still not sure on this whole debate really.