For me, discovering Firefox a number of years ago was a great joy — the browser is grown by a great community, and it strongly encourages customization. Discovering that I could block advertising was altogether a different step. Not only can we choose how we browse the web; but we can also control which information is displayed on our screen.
I never looked back. Since then, my use of computing has been a great and fun walk upwards, going from content-and-software consumption to an empowered exploration of all the different ways in which we share information. So there is to empowerment of users: give them acute ability to select what they read, and they end up pursuing and exploring all the facets of their software-grown liberties like they fell in love.
Wladimir Palant, the extension’s lead developer and a thoughtful blogger, started accepting donations this month. If you still do with all the blinking nonsense, give the extension a try. If this great little empowerment is part of your daily life, you could consider giving the developers a tip to further the project.
- Today, I also use Adblock Plus to filter out the main tracking elements that Facebook, Google, and all the other track-people’s-every-thought businesses convince webmasters to insert into their web pages. [↩]