Comments on: The A word Models.Behaving.Badly Fri, 14 Sep 2012 09:10:53 +0000 hourly 1 By: Timoth Tue, 28 Feb 2012 19:43:54 +0000 In addition to the ethical dimensions, does this not also set the stage for a form of market failure?

A party to a transaction needs to know the price of the transaction in order to make a rational consumption decision. In the case of “g” and “f,” the end-user has no notion of price – and really not much of an idea that they are even party to a transaction.

I suppose it’s not all that different from the old network television business model. Perhaps we should not be too surprised if the quality of ad-funded internet services converges to the quality of ad-funded (pre-cable) network TV programming in its heyday.

By: Emanuel Derman Sun, 26 Feb 2012 16:43:30 +0000 Thanks, that is helpful.

By: runnerup Tue, 21 Feb 2012 16:01:54 +0000 there are numerous simple tools and browser addons out there which makes Internet ad free and less tracking of people. There are search engines which unlike google do not track users or shove ads down their throats

however most people don’t know about them because such tools do not ‘advertise’ themselves,

a number of them are introduced here: