Ads are collateral damage in my personal war for a good Internet experience. I hear some people saying that there's absolutely no place for any kind of ads on the Internet. I respectfully disagree with that. Some say they're corporate propaganda. The people who say that are just as likely to be selling something themselves--albeit a philosophy rather than a product. I've found that philosophy can be just as big a time and money sink as products.
There is a place for ads in media, a place that has been lost. One of the joys of combing through the stacks at a good library is to discover period ads. They're a part of history.
Internet ads, with their dozens upon dozens of 3rd party servers... will never be properly archived. There will be a black hole of history for the late 90s towards some indeterminate point in the future.
Internet ads, and executives on both sides of the table buying and selling more money in order to pitch products to a customer base that has less and less money.
Internet ads, illustrative of the maxim that "just because we can, doesn't mean we should".
Internet ads! One side of the arms race between labor and capital, producer and consumer, theater and patron. These were once partners, or at the very least signatories to an uneasy truce. Now they are engaged in all-out war. Tivo. Product-placement. Blocker. Interstitial. NoScript. Astro-turfer.
The ads? They are just the collateral damage in the aforementioned war. The executives and agents, fretting over balance sheets. Crying over the smoldering ruins of fraudulent impressions, the lack of conversion. The would-be viewers pounding their keyboards and hitting their back-buttons in frustration. The ads? Just collateral damage. The war, what caused it? That's the question.