Right? We can all agree that this isn’t okay?
Upon clicking a link to see CountryWeekly.com’s “Five Times Vince Gill Astonished Us With His Talent” and enduring a pop-up video ad I couldn’t escape, I arrived at the page to find five embedded YouTube clips and 157 airy words of alleged ‘content’ followed by the below collection of irredeemably trashy, bottom-of-the-barrel ads disguised as related posts.
A far cry from the astonishing, artful experience I had been promised.
This sort of advertising is more the norm than the exception around the web these days, so I guess it’s an important part of making online publishing pay. But at what cost? How much lowest common denominator smut are we willing to subject ourselves to just for the sake of (ostensibly) getting our information and entertainment for ‘free’? Is it really worth it?
Related: Race you to the bottom.
* By the way, this post is exactly 157 words long.