Timing of Advertisements in Videos

Timing of Advertisements in Videos

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I know there are more serious issues out there. While I would prefer to be writing a petition for real change that has more of a humanitarian goal, I thought I would start small in hopes of accomplishing something measurable. I am setting out to challenge advertisements and their intrusions into our daily life. We live in a consumer country, and more broadly a consumer world. I will acknowledge the reality that advertising is a part of that equation. I will also concede that it allows some of the free sites we use to remain free and provide the capital to maintain their sites and work towards a better product for us (or at least that is the idealist perspective).

But let's be honest, advertisements are incredibly annoying and likely have minimal impact on actual day to day decisions made by the average consumer. This petition is quite simple actually. The change requested here is not to do away with advertising as a whole. It is humbly asking that advertisements not be allowed in the middle of videos. Either play them at the beginning or not at all.

You may find yourself scoffing at this request because it may seem so trivial, pointless, and perhaps even ridiculous. Even as I write this, I kind of agree—to an extent.

In this case though, the point is very simple. It is to unite as one voice to challenge an entity seemingly out of reach with a very reasonable request. And to attempt to demonstrate the power the collective should have.

The overarching goal here is to prove to myself, and others, there is no problem that is too ridiculous, or too small, or too big when you finally let yourself speak up. So. Let's talk. And please sign this experiment into what can be accomplished by allowing oneself to be ridiculous and try to make change happen. 

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