[LINK] Fwd: Re: Unusable Web-Site
ivan at itrundle.com
Mon Jul 16 16:55:08 EST 2007
On 16/07/2007, at 3:45 PM, Roger Clarke wrote:
> At 15:11 +1000 16/7/07, Ivan Trundle wrote:
>> Other users might not see it as a problem, though. ...
> Is my taxis *really* worse than other people's? http://
Or my tropism? It's hard to gauge, but we are of a different
generation to those who often make and place the ads that we both
> A sample page from the site in question is here:
> The AFR ads bobbling around on it at present are bad - although not
> as bad as some that were hurtling around there a few days ago.
> Apart from busting (some people's) concentration, bouncing images
> significantly detract from the attempt to point-and-drag in order
> to extract quotes from papers.
The SMH site had (or still has) what is possibly an identical
problem: I complained more than a year ago, received a reply which
told me to like it or lump it, then I resorted to ad-blocking, which
is why the web is so much more civilised through my lens.
> For the record, no I don't have an issue with the use of
> advertising as a means of earning money. It's the intrusiveness
> into the would-be reader's attention-space that's at issue.
On the same path, Roger. But clearly, one person's flashtaxis or
giftaxis is another's ganglion cell axon blind spot. We should be
thankful, I suppose, that we still have receptors. But I'm saving my
fovea for more useful tasks.
> (And clearly a site that's intended to offer overloaded multi-
> media, and where the consumer's expectation is to be subjected to
> cognitive overload, is a different kettle of fish from a site with
> genuine content intended for consumption using intellect as well as
> - or even instead of - the more pleasurable sensory organs).
I've yet to find any multimedia advertising that has been a pleasure
to watch. It might have improved since I began using ad-blocking, but
from Roger's account, this is most doubtful.
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