Submitted by RespectWomen at June 10, 2017 at 1:12 PM in idle
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Here's my reason: Ads prime purpose is to increse consumption. They are a core piece in the consumerist society, and I don't want to contribute to that.
Consumption is exploitation, and I want to minimize the amount I help that, plus I don't want to waste my time simply to create profit, most of which is going to land in the hands of the ad network.
I'm happy to pay for content (well, provided that the money goes to the content creators and not someone else), and I prefer it over ads, because that way the money goes directly to who deserves them AND I as a person am not simply used as a consumer. I like Wired's way of doing it.
I also donate to various YouTube channels I like. I really like Patreon, but it's a shame that it isn't completely direct, so I send Bitcoin or Paypal when possible.