Slate has started plastering an alert over their home page on my first visit of the day:

Slate ad blocker BS

The fact is, I do not block ads. I see a lot of ads online, all day, every day (I see them, e.g., at Slate). I do use a tool called Privacy Badger to disrupt a site’s (and/or their advertisers’) use of tracking scripts. There is a difference, Slate people.

Just as I do not like people following me on the street, I do not appreciate people following me around online.

Show me your ads, if you must. But you will have to use old-fashioned guesswork or other non-intrusive tools to target them at me.

Addendum 2018.01.15: Slate just launched a redesigned site, and the hectoring has stopped (at least for now).

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