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Saturday, May 15, 2021
 

GodDAMMIT, YouTube! (updated 5/26/21)

If someone's actions show you in no uncertain terms that they are NOT in the market for vacation rentals, or new tires, or cell phones, or working for Uber Eats, or an e-book with no description whatsoever to create interest....

 STOP SHOWING THEM ADS FOR THOSE THINGS.

I am NEVER going to patronize vrbo or Uber or Belle Tire because of the obnoxiousness of your ad presentation.  I don't know who was plugging the e-book, and I never will.  That is to the benefit of the author, because I might give them a chance someday.  Those other businesses are on my permanent shit list, because of YOU.

 They should sue you for damage to reputation.  You are THAT bad.

There's a downvote button (sometimes), but the absence of a "NEVER show me this ad again" button is perhaps the worst error of this ad campaign.

 Adding companies to boycott as they come up:

Aspen Dental (NEVER show me this ad again, God damn you)
Nutrisystem
GoodRx
4Patriots
ZuPoo
Liberty Mutual (NEVER show me this ad again either)
Equinox
AirBnB
monday.com

Update 5/26:  Looks like Aspen Dental is the last company to get a clue that this level of in-your-faceness is offensive and pull their ads.

 

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Comments:
Believe me it could be worse. I'm an athletically active middle aged male, and youtube constantly bombards me with relevant-but-insulting ads for a particular brand of ibuprofen gel. No way on earth I'm ever buying that shit.
 
Unless you want to see them for some reason, there's no need to see any ads on YouTube. Just install adblock on your browser.
 
I am using an ad blocker, but it apparently doesn't work on YouTube.  Do you have a better suggestion than Adblock Latitude?

The obnoxiousness has gone down immensely, thank goodness.
 
I spoke too soon.
 
I use AdBlock Plus. Almost nothing gets past it.
 
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