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New low - even for the blade

Today's blade has a full page ad as the front cover page -not just one of those annoying partial wrap around ones. It has officially gone from a newspaper with some ads inside to an ad-paper with some news inside. What next - fluff piece "news" articles only about the companies that advertise there?

created by Mike21 on Jul 13, 2014 at 09:58:51 am     Comments: 11

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"What next - fluff piece "news" articles only about the companies that advertise there?"

You're thinking of the City paper.

posted by slowsol on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:02:46 am     #   4 people liked this

All newspapers are losing $$. Gotta make up revenue wherever you can.

posted by gunz1 on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:12:37 am     #  

I did not see any issues when reading the Blade at:
http://m.toledoblade.com

You can view the Blade's RSS feed of local news on this page, ad-free:
http://toledotalk.com/cgi-bin/tt.pl/Toledo_Blade_local_news_feed

posted by jr on Jul 13, 2014 at 10:24:21 am     #  

The New Yorker magazine occasionally has an issue with only one advertiser throughout (once it was Target stores). They print an announcement inside saying they are trying a new twist on advertising, and that the editorial content is in no way affected by the ads.

I don't see any problem with The Blade trying new things.

I have been enjoying watching the mayor's office get busy about blight ever since the Blade made that story a priority. A city needs a good newspaper in order to get things done sometimes. The Blade is ours and I enjoy it having the print edition around the house. Yes, I am a dinosaur.

posted by viola on Jul 13, 2014 at 11:17:04 am     #   7 people liked this

I am less concerned with outer wrap-around advertising on the print edition (which we only get home-delivered on Sundays) than I am with the annoying popups, pop-unders, hover ads, and instant-audio crap on the website.

posted by historymike on Jul 13, 2014 at 12:50:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

One additional knock on today's paper-there was a wire article about Zingermans that I read in the NY times 2 weeks ago. They ran that same article today. The new food editor is from A2-I'm surprised they didn't enhance the original article with perspective of someone on staff.

posted by ahmahler on Jul 13, 2014 at 01:04:33 pm     #  

historymike posted at 12:50:26 PM on Jul 13, 2014:

I am less concerned with outer wrap-around advertising on the print edition (which we only get home-delivered on Sundays) than I am with the annoying popups, pop-unders, hover ads, and instant-audio crap on the website.

View with JavaScript disabled. Page load time for an article drops from 10 to 20 seconds to one second or under.

You can add a browser rule for a specific domain, or use a different browser to read the entire web with JavaScript disabled.

Too many content sites, especially media sites, are bloated with JavaScript that can bog down older computers when numerous tabs are opened.

Install the Ghostery browser plugin to see all the crap your browser is downloading when visiting a site. The number of trackers and other "stuff" can total over 30. Then disable JavaScript and reload the page and note the diffs in what Ghostery detects. The number will drop to zero or one.

posted by jr on Jul 13, 2014 at 03:58:14 pm     #   2 people liked this

jr posted at 03:58:14 PM on Jul 13, 2014:
historymike posted at 12:50:26 PM on Jul 13, 2014:

I am less concerned with outer wrap-around advertising on the print edition (which we only get home-delivered on Sundays) than I am with the annoying popups, pop-unders, hover ads, and instant-audio crap on the website.

View with JavaScript disabled. Page load time for an article drops from 10 to 20 seconds to one second or under.

You can add a browser rule for a specific domain, or use a different browser to read the entire web with JavaScript disabled.

Too many content sites, especially media sites, are bloated with JavaScript that can bog down older computers when numerous tabs are opened.

Install the Ghostery browser plugin to see all the crap your browser is downloading when visiting a site. The number of trackers and other "stuff" can total over 30. Then disable JavaScript and reload the page and note the diffs in what Ghostery detects. The number will drop to zero or one.

I have a couple of work-related sites I visit where I actually want the Javascript enabled. Maybe I will train myself to use an alternate browser for those few purposes and then disable Javascript via Firefox for the rest of my Internet wanderings.

posted by historymike on Jul 13, 2014 at 04:39:38 pm     #  

Also recommend DoNotTrackMe and NoScript which can be tailored for sites where they feel the crap has to be on your machine for you to see it. Can get cumbersome until you dial in which sites You will permit access. Both are extensions on Firefox.

posted by Mariner on Jul 13, 2014 at 07:59:52 pm     #  

Also BetterPrivacy to remove LSO's (local shared object) presents from Larry Ellison @ Adobe.

posted by Mariner on Jul 13, 2014 at 08:03:29 pm     #  

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but didn't want to bump an old thread way up just for the sake of it.

The pop-under ads at The Blade's website need to go.

I'm a web developer by trade. Pop ads are generally regarded as intrusive and bad for business. They may generate 1 lead or sale for every 1000 displays, but they also annoy visitors, which could end up costing business in the long run. Most big and trustworthy sites stopped using them a while ago.

posted by mixman on Jul 14, 2014 at 07:25:21 am     #