Anyone who has read my blog for any period of time knows I dislike online news sites blocking stories. At least 40% of their pages are filled with annoying advertising, pop-up ads, or worse, videos that start playing on their own. As it is to read a story you have to take your machete and hack your way through the jungle of ads to read anything passing as news today.
Every now and then the Florida Sun-Sentinel news website tries to get people to sign up, or log-in or even pay for the slush they push out disguised as “news”. Hell, some of their stories are even written by the Miami Herald! Their latest attempt is to block one article out of their list of articles and ask you to sign in. I encountered one this afternoon, actually, about ten minutes ago, when I tried to read about the hospital volunteer who is celebrating her 107th birthday. The headline was “Life at 107″. Immediately after clicking the link the stupid pop-up block appeared.
I don’t want to sign up for their poorly written article. I am embarrassed enough that I read anything on their site for free. So, I move my cursor to my browser search box and type in “Life at 107″. Immediately the article appears in my result list, I click on it and wham-O, I have full access to the Sun-Sentinel’s article.
I wonder if we should tell then?
Some Blogging Guy