Whimsy Time

That awkward moment when you're the most awkward person alive

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John Green's tumblr: Is Advertising the Future--Or the Past?


Hank and I have always felt varying degrees of discomfort supporting our YouTube videos with advertisements. We don’t control the content of the ads or who sponsors our shows, and many times we disagree with the advertisers.

I do not, for instance, think gold is a good investment, or that Obama…

I don’t mind non-obnoxious ads (ie the video player on CBS’s website is awful and the ads are annoying and it doesn’t work very well) like the ones on youtube, but I also would probably support you and Hank, Wheezy Waiter, and other youtubers that I enjoy using an NPR kind of model. I would be glad to get rid of the ads in this way, but I also really enjoy supporting people whose work I enjoy directly when I can. Although most online ads don’t bother me very much, I’ve found the ads on TV to be unbearable on the few occasions that I’ve watched stuff live recently, and I abhor the culture of advertisement in general. So yeah, I’d rather support people whose content and lives I care about directly than watch ads, even though I wouldn’t be able to give very much. 

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  1. freelovefreespirit reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
  2. nbomb3 reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds and added:
    I would pay to support select youtube channels. But not everyone, and it might even be the case that relatively few...
  3. experimentallyyours answered: a) I don’t mind the ads as is. Yes they are annoying, but not in a manner that seriously detrments the viewing experience
  4. princess-neville said: you’d have a problem advertising things you don’t support. I’d definitely pay more than ten bucks for vlogbrothers and a few other channels, though.
  5. princess-neville answered: I don’t mind ads at all and I think it’s pretty fuckin’ great that you get money doing what you love that way, although I can understand why
  6. lisasbrandy answered: If I had my own money I would give money, but being a teenager I do not have a way to pay for things on the internet
  7. maraudingmischiefmanaged answered: Personally i dont mind the adds i just ignore them & I would support financially if it was small sum and i had the spare money at the time :)
  8. frenchthellamaitsharrypotter answered: O.o i don’t know if it’s just my ad-blocker, but i’ve NEVER seen an ad on any of your channels. EVER. so yeah. but i’d be willing to donate!
  9. dpecs answered: I’m more inclined to watch ad-supported stuff, but being a listener of public radio I consume listener-supported media as well.
  10. photogirl93 answered: i like the ads u have. they slide up during the video and i can x out of it if needed. i don’t like the ads if they are 10sec b4 the vid tho
  11. subconscious-on-parade answered: I don’t mind watching ads. I like how convenient youtube is. We all understand that YOU don’t put the ads there.
  12. aflylikethee answered: I’m financially dependent on my parents for online $$ (teen = no credit card) - contributing wouldn’t be an option. I don’t mind the ads.
  13. thecrookedfriend answered: I think YouTube is a new platform of social media and like any other type of media, it comes with advertisements.
  14. therisingtithes answered: The ads never bothered me - I zone out to them mostly - but I think we’d benefit a lot from finding a new model for Nerdfighteria.
  15. rebelelegance answered: I think that this community is committed enough to the videos that you could raise enough money to continue the project. I
  16. itisimpossible answered: you can have 10% of my money any day thats not very much but I’d do it in a heartbeat
  17. markimbay answered: I don’t really have a problem with the ads, I’d have know problem giving $5 a year to each channel I subscribe to as they’re all brilliant.
  18. fillwithfire-exhale-desire answered: I would never mind paying some of my money to support you guys and get rid of any ads!
  19. julzroze answered: I believe in the current system. Glimpsing 5-15 seconds of an ad in order to watch a video-no matter the content of the ad.
  20. notthebestautomaton answered: I’d pay you guys $20 a month as long as you send me an e email reminding me!
  21. talesofthestarshipregeneration reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
  22. thewolfshapedgun answered: not supported by ads, but directly by views. yes there is and no i dont
  23. watashially answered: I don’t mind the ads really, but I’d pay 5-10 a year to watch you guys. But JUST you guys.
  24. sweetlikedaim answered: I would pay up to watch Crash Course but not vlogbrothers vids. While endlessly entertaining I could handle the ads I don’t like this idea.
  25. ardentthrowaway answered: I would support Vlogbrothers the same way I support NPR, whenever I have the means.
  26. joshuavoiles said: I think the current model works fine (although it’ll always change, so we’ll see). I also think people are always forking over cash for entertainment, and since video creators bust their chops for pennies, a subscription would be well-deserved.
  27. wheatfornoone answered: I’m so for this! i’d be willing to pay, to support people i like and just for the principle of showing we don’t need ads.
  28. princedoki reblogged this from fishingboatproceeds
  29. fieldsofdandelions answered: I like the current system.you guys don’t have to campaign to get paid regularly.just let everyone know the ads are our of your contor
  30. balthatzar answered: I’m fine with it either way. I wouldn’t mind putting up some money if you did the kickstarter thing.
  31. sherlocksstudykitchen answered: Yes, I watch/listen to stuff supported by adds. It doesn’t bother me. If I had to, yes, I would give You and other channels $.