Obnoxious Auto-Running Noise is Pissing Me Off!

I’ve had it.

There has been a significant increase recently in the number of Web sites I encounter that begin playing audio and video ads without my requesting it. These in-your-face-and-ears idiots are making my experience of the Web less and less enjoyable. It’s bad enough to have popups obscuring content, slide-ins distracting reading, and full-screen video “hero blocks” behind the top portion of Web pages that keep you from even trying to understand how to get around on the site…or sometimes what the site is even about.

This crap needs to be stopped. Starting now, I’m boycotting any site that uses this intrusive, unacceptable and objectionable tactic to get my attention. No content on the Web is worth putting up with this garbage.

First boycott target: Salon.com. (Ironically, I got my start on the Web as the site’s first Webmaster when the Web  was an embryo) Today, I was trying to listen to an MSNBC clip of Chris Hayes talking about a possible Joe Biden candidacy when a second audio channel kicked in with blaring, pounding music and some ghastly voice-over. I couldn’t find a video on the page to match it. I couldn’t understand what the ad message was, so that’s wasted money. But the damn thing kept re-playing. After the third time, I closed the page and went directly to the content at MSNBC.

Later, I went back to a piece on Salon.com and had the same experience. This time there was no video playing but the blaring, ugly, disruptive and definitely not-enjoyable music was in my headset again.

So I’m done with Salon. I’ll post the identities of other sites that are pulling this same stupid trick. Maybe more of you will join me and maybe, just maybe, we can get the Web back to a marginally sane place again.

Probably not, but what the heck. I can dream, right?

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