it always fucking boggles my mind when people grandstand about how much they hate the services or updates or staff of a website like tumblr, or get on them for having corporate partnerships or sponsored content or being sold to an enormous conglomerate
or even when they go off about facebook changing around its layout, or a website they like to read putting too many ads around its articles or doing partnerships with brands to promote their content
like, these are fucking FREE SERVICES THAT YOU ARE USING OF YOUR OWN FREE WILL AND CAN STOP USING AT ANY TIME IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT
in fact, leaving any site en masse would actually be the most efficient way to effect change, if that’s what you really want to do. and until you’re paying for a service that you should have some kind of customer-related say in (and let’s be honest, none of us even click on these ads, so it’s not like you could even make a marginal claim to being a customer), websites don’t owe you jack shit
i work for a website that gives away content for free, and sometimes makes changes to how it makes money or how it provides its content, and i get actual comments from people who, in the same breath, will be like “i love your shit/thought catalog/this kind of writing, but i fucking hate having to see [insert some way we actually make revenue here]”
and it’s like, sweet, you love my shit, but you don’t want me to make a decent salary or have health insurance or to be able to support myself or grow with my company. you just want a magical fucking freshwater spring of money that transforms from dancing dollar bills to a website that you absolutely love and which caters to you individually
i have some problems with tumblr. i wish that some things could be done differently. i have suspicions that their sale to yahoo might be a net negative for the way the site works.
but you know what? i like this site, and what it allows for me. i choose to keep using it every day. i am not paying a fucking dime for all of the things it allows me to do. and if i ever decide that the cons outweigh the pros, i will take my clicks elsewhere like an adult and hopefully find something that suits my needs better. and that’s it.
because i know that the people at tumblr work hard, and are trying to make something good, and do the best with what they have. and i fucking want those people to eat well and have health insurance and be able to one day have families or buy houses, so i’m aware that they’re going to need to make money from time to goddamn time.
it doesn’t offend my sensibilities to see an ad for the great gatsby on my radar, because i can simply choose not to look at it, much like the 512098120498104821098 promotional items for shitty BBC shows that you all post here nonstop like you guys were getting paid by their in-house marketing teams
all that to say, get over it. or go to another website, maybe one that uses a holier-than-thou kickstarter (and fails miserably) to fund its content because it wants to pretend like the idea of taking money for ads and paying a decent wage — something media has been doing pretty much since its inception — is a slap in the face to creativity.