I think I'm glad that you got the insightful mod, but at the same time I think you could have gone much deeper with it.
The deep part that bothers me most is how advertising is tied to corporations that WANT docile, obedient, and even STUPID consumers who will obey the ads. Of course the risk of destroying public education was that there is no bottom limit to the resulting stupidity. Maybe you could even wind up with an insane clown president? Naw, That could never happen.
I do have to say a bit about why I don't use ad blockers. I feel like that is a violation of the implicit (and sometimes even explicit) agreement between me and the people who are incurring real costs to make the content available. I think there has to be some kind of business model there, and if I participate on the basis of being exposed to ads, then I shouldn't play technical games with the details.
Having said that, I confess that I am allergic to ads. If I can remember ANY ad for a product, then I count that as a reason to buy something else. Seems to be kind of self-defeating to make me watch a company's ads, and I doubt that company would be willing to pay to show me their competitors' ads. I suppose the obvious "technical solution" from the perspective of the advertising agency with the perfect weapon would be to detect the polarity of the viewers of the ads, tailoring each ad to each sucker, and in cases such as mine, that tailoring would be to advertise the main competitor in the most annoying way.
Solution time? Let me CHOOSE THE ADS that I am interested in seeing BEFORE wasting my time by shoving them in my face.
First example: They could give me several links to pick from to determine which advertiser's ads I see. Interesting wrinkle would be to tweak the timing of the ads to find out how the customers feel about the advertised products: "Do you want to watch this video with two minutes of beer ads or with a one-minute ad for sanitary napkins?" If people keep selecting product A, then the system would keep increasing the ads for A seeking equilibrium.
Second example: Auction my time for watching ads. The auctioneer would have a strong incentive to protect my privacy to protect future auctions, and I would have a strong incentive to give the auctioneer some real data about what I actually want to buy. The companies bidding for my time would have a strong incentive to reach truly qualified and interested customers.
Can you believe that I can actually fantasize about applying such solutions to the cesspool that is YouTube? I must be getting even more delusional.