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The NZ Herald and Fairfax went all in on native advertising, hoodwinking readers into thinking that paid for articles were news.
But all that is about to come to a crashing halt. Software engineers have worked out how to block native advertising.
For publishers, ad blockers are the elephant in the room: Everybody sees them, no one talks about them. The common understanding is that the first to speak up will be dead—it will acknowledge that the volume of ads actually delivered can in fact be 30% to 50% smaller than claimed—and invoiced. Publishers fear retaliation from media buying agencies—even though the ad community is quick to forget that it dug its own grave by flooding the web with intolerable amounts of promotional formats.
A week ago, I was in Finland for the Google-sponsored conference Newsgeist. The gathering was setup by Richard Gingras and his Google News team, and by Google’s media team in London. Up there, in a high-tech campus nested in a birch forest outside Helsinki, about 150 internet people from Europe and the United States were setting the agenda for what is called an un-conference—as opposed to the usual PowerPoint-saturated format delivered in one-way mode. As expected, one session was devoted to the ad blocking issue. (I can’t quote anyone since discussions took place under the Chatham House Rule). Read more »
James Shaw, one of the candidates for the Greens leadership is a bit strange.
And as for the criticism that he did not drive, “that is simply a statement of fact.”
Aged 16, Mr Shaw decided he would not learn to drive for environmental reasons. He has maintained that stance while living in Wellington, Brussels, and London.
Now that electric cars are more readily available, the 42 year-old is planning to change his policy, and has gained his learner licence.