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Visual space pollution should be a crime.

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be_unafraid
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:28 pm (UTC)
Ads. Billboards. That stuff in public space.
be_unafraid
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:35 pm (UTC)
(banners in 'sponsored' LJ accounts)
lambda_calculus
Nov. 29th, 2007 03:41 pm (UTC)
The solution is to boycott sponsored journals (or boycott LiveJournal, or perhaps bitch at them a lot.)

Like a tattoo, it's up to the person involved to decide whether the price of advertising is purchase of extra features, whether adspace is cheaper than money.

It is up to you to let them know how this shall be regarded.

I can respect the decision to flash bling and the decision not to look. I can not, however, support the decision banning someone from not blinging it out.
rodgar
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:36 pm (UTC)
ads and billboards aren't "blinging it out".
lambda_calculus
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:40 pm (UTC)
In the case of one's journal, they are no different from wearing a band's T-Shirt or some brand of wall-clock.

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As for billboards, they didn't invade. Whoever own's that particular chunk of land is probably reaping some benefit. Take it out on them. The idea of public space is a very nice one but we (the people) haven't earned it yet.
rodgar
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:44 pm (UTC)
yes. "that" particular chunk of land is under the city jurisdiction (even if I own a house and like my frontyard to be messy, i still _have_ to cut the grass all the time. how's that for an idea of public space? or imagine me putting a huge swastika on my balcony on bathurst and lawrence. eh?). A large chunk of Toronto billboards (which are supposed to be a source of revenue) are illegal. That is, people just put them up because they consider it free money. I'm not talking "Why is LSD Great by Reg Hartt" paper posters near a construction site. I'm talking a HUGE billboard ad. Something like "THE FORGOTTEN. APRIL 7TH IN THEATERS", still forgotten there when it's christmas season.
parudox
Nov. 29th, 2007 06:02 pm (UTC)
Companies may benefit individually from putting up a billboard, but they wouldn't be much affected if no one could put up billboards. Cities can obtain money in more honest ways, like taxes. Also, public ads do earn their profit, but at expense to others (part of which is the point, and part is the visual pollution).
be_unafraid
Nov. 30th, 2007 12:58 am (UTC)
No different? Oh yes they are. The users are not putting the *content* of the ads into them, though they can influence the categories. The users don't want the *ads*, they want the userpics and whatever else; content providers want the ads.

Compared to billboards and advertising in public space, though, livejournal ads are minor and they can be easily blocked by things like Flashblock and Adblock, which is what I do.

Also, I don't mind all advertisements, I mind intrusive ones, but I VERY much mind them. Google ads in gmail are fine, for example, being text-only, sometimes actually relevant, and a great source of entertainment at other times.
be_unafraid
Nov. 30th, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
and on billboards, what the others here said :)
rodgar
Nov. 29th, 2007 05:35 pm (UTC)
тю! ты их читаешь? просто такая картина жизни в этом городе. пестрые пятнышки везде. без рекламы, конечно, круче. но это двигатель торговли.
be_unafraid
Nov. 30th, 2007 01:00 am (UTC)
а я их не могу не читать - я всегда по сторонам смотрю
от них не скрыться
allasm
Jan. 1st, 2008 12:01 am (UTC)
right...

[pollution] С Новым Годом! [/pollution]
be_unafraid
Jan. 3rd, 2008 05:46 am (UTC)
Аналогично :)
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