Suddenly my e-mail, youtube, my newspaper, everything I open on the web throws advertisements at me. It bugs me big time. Taking a step back, I know that complaining is both silly and selfish. I am not a paying customer to any of the online service that I use, so what do I expect? That google, my newspaper, and others do it all for free? Unreasonable, unrealistic, naive.
The question I haven’t figured out though is how pissing me off can be a good thing for the advertisers. Is my kinda reaction actuarially so unimportant? Am I the exception? Or is that the wrong thought? Am I the huge majority but does the calculation imply that only the ad lovers matter? I cannot imagine I’m the exception. But that the majority doesn’t matter seems weird. Maybe that’s just faulty common sensical stats, we’re not baked to intuit the statistical properties of large collectives correctly, i.c. a small proportion of a large number is still a big number of people, enough to be commercially interesting enough to pay money for the advertisement space, clogging my screen. Never mind what the majority thinks. But, the truth is, I just don’t know.
And in the mean time, reasonable or not, I get mad. Let me share a pill from my self-medication box with you (ignore the ad):
Drink coffee. Do stupid things faster and with more energy.