Monday's HOT MIC
If you use an ad blocker and visited Drudge over the weekend you may have noticed this:
As you might imagine, not everyone is happy with the change.
Here's the thing to remember about the Internet: TANSTAAFL. Although it seems like everything is free here on the glorious interwebs, it's not. Someone has to pay to host the site and compensate writers, and popular sites like Drudge have expenses for servers or cloud services. They also likely pay a king's ransom (emphasis on the ransom part) to keep their sites protected from hackers. A tip jar is one way some sites have tried to get regular visitors to pay for the upkeep on their sites, but more often than not people take the freebies and run without leaving a donation. Until someone comes up with a better system, ads are the way sites stay up and running. Yes, they can be annoying, but if you enjoy a site and regularly consume their free content, you can help them keep the lights on by turning off your ad blocker.