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Do you think it should be okay to have an app that allows you go to a gas station, fill up your vehicle, and drive away without having to pay for the gas?

How about an app that lets you sneak into a movie theater and watch a movie without paying? Is that okay?

Sure we're pissed off at gas prices always being high. Sure, yes, going to a movie theater is getting ridiculously expensive. But these are businesses that have to make money in order to stay open. If you could use an app that would allow you to essentially get the benefit of these businesses without them getting any profit from it, guess what will happen?

The gas stations and movie stations will close and you won't have gas or movies anymore. Or, and this is even more likely, the gas is going to get really crappy and so are the movies, because no one is going to put much effort into something which won't bring them a decent profit.

When you go to work, you expect to get paid. You don't give 8 hours of your life, 5 days a week (or more) for free.

So why is it okay for this "Adblock" product to destroy what little revenue a website might be able to generate from the advertising they're able to sell on it? Web content creators can put a lot of time, effort, and expense to produce useful information or fun and engaging content, and if they can get paid for it, they'll keep it up. Your viewing of the advertisement is your way of paying for your use and enjoyment of the information provided. Sure, some of it may be annoying -- so don't visit the sites with annoying ads. Or if the information is worth it, live with the annoyance. 

But if you block the ads, you're getting the content for free, and the content creator doesn't get paid. If content creators don't find it worth the time to create good content, they'll either stop, or not put much effort into it. Result: crappy content.

The Internet is awash in crappy content. Ad blocking is not the sole cause, but it's one of them. The main cause is that people who consume Internet content have this attitude of entitlement that everything should be completely free.

Let me clue you in on something: every single byte of content on the Internet has to be paid for, constantly, in one way or another. It's not free. It's incredibly cheap, yes, but it has to be -- because otherwise none of it would be there. NONE OF IT.

If you want get something good, you have to give something in return. Otherwise you're going to get crap. 

If you really like someone's music, pay for it.

If you really enjoy watching a movie, pay for it.

If you really enjoy reading something, pay for it.

Pay for it by either giving money, or enduring ads, or at least -- in the context of truly free, given from the heart content -- leave a good karma comment.

Pay for it, or blame yourself if it goes away. And don't complain when all you can find is crap, because you've helped create the crap pile that is the Internet.
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Even as little as 10 years ago, if someone told me I would be carrying around a phone worth about $1000, I would have told them they're nuts. But back in 1980 if you would have told me everyone's "video" phone, that they carried around in their pockets, that could be used as a video and still camera, a sound recorder, a medical sensing device, a remote control for drones, a bank, and, well, a 1000 other things -- and that they would be more powerful than what, in 1980, would be considered a super computer ... I would have probably believed that. Because I'm a science fiction writer.

We may not have flying cars, but we do have the ultimate gadget. Amazing how our lives now seem to revolve around these pieces of hardware.
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I haven't been this excited to read a journal from another writer, in a long long time.
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Episode three of my new podcast, Web Artisan Today, just went live. This one features my good friend, award winning science fiction writer, editor, and space nerd William Ledbetter.
Joining me on this episode is longtime friend William Ledbetter, science fiction author, editor, contest administrator, aerospace engineer, space geek, and all around great guy. We talk about guarding space ships, the ins and outs of getting publishe...
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Web content creator & digital marketing manager.
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Author, photographer, podcaster, former computer technician. Webmaster. Science nerd. Blogger. Absinthe enthusiast. Gadget geek.
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