Ad-supported everything

I'm amazed at sites that run merely on banner-ad support.

One of my favorites: It's a vocab game. For each word you get right it donates 20 grains of rice to a starving child. And it's supposedly all ad-supported.

It made me start to think about all the things that are ad-supported. Is it possible to use ad-support for good, not evil?

Some ideas:

  • Ad-supported Greyhound buses. You get to ride the bus for free, but there are ads playing on a small TV on the back of the chair in front of you. (No audio, of course.)

  • Ad-supported housing projects: "This tenement sponsored by Vegenaise."

  • Ad-supported schools. Many schools give free(?) advertising anyway: vending machines, professional sports teams, milk (dear LORD!) some schools even have fast food chains on campus.

Seriously, it makes me sick that milk gets so much free publicity, as if it's a public-service. "Does a body good." Milk is a business!

This is a bad idea. Scrap it.

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