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. [↩]