Taps Coogan – January 12th, 2020
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I have never been a fan of Google. I don’t agree with their vision for the internet: an ever shrinking playpen of pasteurized search results, all encompassing surveillance, monopoly, and holier-than-thou moral authoritarianism.
If Big Tech’s reaction to our era’s increasing political polarization and skullduggery is going to be arbitrary censorship, anti-competitive practices, and overt partisanship, we’re headed for a very dark place.
Unfortunately, Google maintains a genuine monopoly on advertising for sites like this. As a result, I have used Google Adsense for the last few years.
While I still haven’t found any viable alternatives to Google Adsense (Adsense was barely worth using…), I’m tired of supporting a company that I don’t like. So, after weighing the various options, I am just going to get rid of Adsense.
From here on out, this website will be as ‘Big Tech’ free as possible. There will be no Google Ads, no Google Analytics, no social media share buttons with trackers, no Amazon. None of it. The only exception will be embedded YouTube videos because the free-speech alternatives, Rumble.com, BitChute.com, D.Tube, are still embryonic and the interviews that I share aren’t on those platforms… yet.
If I find a suitable alternative ad network, you may see ads here again in the future. Either way, I won’t be putting up a pay wall. That means that, for the foreseeable future, this website will subsist solely on your generous donations. I will try not to overdue the panhandling. Your support is greatly appreciated. You can donate here.
I hope that you enjoy the new Google & ad free experience!
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