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Jonathan, thanks for the comments. Very succinct. I couldn't agree more with your penultimate paragraph. This is exactly what I'd like to know: who sold our public space to the advertisers? And how can we get it back?
I've been struck by an idea which is a sort of compromise that might make some people happier. What if adverts had sell-by dates? If an ad has expired, if it has been visible for longer than it was contracted, then it should be covered. And what better to cover it that an anti-ad? (Of course, we have to decide what that should be!)
What do people think? This is of course more of a long-term goal. The goal of this pledge is, as ever, to replace an intrusive advert with something more thought-provoking. But I see ArtNotAds as a long-term prospect, so it's interesting to think about how it could work. Let me know your thoughts! Feel free to email me, or post a comment here.
I've updated the ArtNotAds.com website, after neglecting it for a few weeks due to my personal life getting in the way. In the background I've been tinkering with some blogging and bulletin board systems, so hopefully I'll get them up and running soon.
Please check the site out and let me know what you think.
AustinAustin Plunkett, 15 years ago.