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Recommended reading

Welcome to my Saturday-morning roundup of the blog posts I liked most this week.

Web ads stink. Unless you’re a niche site owner trying to keep the lights on. Paul Niedermeyer, writing for Curbside Classic, implores his readers to disable ad blockers for his site — and tells a few things about the Web ad industry in the process. Read Thank You For Not Blocking CC’s Ads

Writing for Medium, David Greenwald tells his experience growing up with interests his peers branded “not classically masculine.” It resonates with me; that was my experience too. And then he goes on to say what utter nonsense such narrow definitions of masculinity are. You go, David. Read Against masculinity

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2 thoughts on “Recommended reading

  1. hmunro says:

    Thanks for both of these eye-opening reads, Jim. I’d never thought about Web ads from this perspective — and Paul makes a beautiful case for why I should click on them occasionally. And David Greenwald’s piece? Wow. I couldn’t agree with him more that — if bravery is one of the hallmarks of masculinity — the most manly men are those to dare to be themselves.
    Thank you, as always, for making my world a little bigger.

    • The whole Web ad thing is tough. I use ad blocking but I do whitelist most of the non-corporate sites I visit because my page impressions might be a major source of their revenue.

      And as for defining masculinity: boy, I wish I’d thought of that topic and written it first! What a great post.

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