At 6/7/17 12:19 PM, TomFulp wrote:
I've been thinking a lot lately about pulling all third party ads and betting the farm on Supporter subscriptions.
When it came time to choose between Supporter subs & 3rd party/rate ads, or private capital, most of us wanted what we have now. We wanted you to have control of your own website, without fear of what the new backers would want. We were stupid and naive as fuck. Some truly awfully run sites, quite literally burned cash, crashed and got away with it. Now the jig is up, unless we offer ourselves to a Chinese chemical factory or an Indian car manufacturer. I'd add the links, but I think you read the newspapers and mags online... another model struggling against the monopolization of the info age.
What we didn't know at the time, was how ruthless the big 5 tech companies would be at destroying the diversity (sucking the money out) of the internet. As far as I'm concerned, the fruit loop who runs Amazon owes you at least 6 figures for all the years NG's had the option to find stuff at his site.... where's the damn reciprocity, where's the paying it forward? This sorta cash hoarding was seriously frowned upon when our folks were kids... top 1%'s tax rate was 91%, too bad that's never coming back lol
Should look at starting a class-action suit against Google for its Ad-Sense blacklisting for life crap, what kind of good, old-fashioned American business would do such a thing? A monopoly would, can only wonder how many more sites out there got shafted?
Anyway, day-dreaming aside, I'm more or less OK with 3rd party ads (though I can keep the worst cookies/ads out as a Supporter) and muddling along. It's easy to get mad, stamp our feet and declare to the internet "I'm mad as hell and I'm not going to take it anymore", take an even riskier route, but, hosting bills, taxes, that shit is every month, quarter and year.
I wouldn't mind donating a few bucks into a fund that explores NG's financial options, since all of us here are too close to the problem. Not 100% sure, can't find the article, but I'm pretty sure this company did Trump's campaign. IDK, check around, get some estimates and/or ideas about how much $ growth is possible with Newgrounds. Somehow the newspapers and pron companies are making a go of it.
The biggest folly of the Information Age, is that there's too much of it, and we end up finding what we want, not what we need. I've seen so many well sourced articles over the past few years, and very few of them are reported in the MSM, and I can only conclude that it is to protect the worst players/investors in our global economies.
OK Tom, done ranting, thanks for reading, wish I could be of more help.
Tell grand lurker @wadefulp to post something on the site (not under it, which I assume he does daily in the form of PM's and admin), I'd much rather read about his latest excavated finds here than somewhere else.... people have been talking, you know.