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From a Degrowth perspective, how would one argue in favour or against ad blocking and online advertising?

To give a perspective on Degrowth, Degrowth is a political, economic, and social movement based on ecological economics, anti-consumerist and anti-capitalist ideas that tries to address the limits to growth dilemma (constraints of a finite planet).

Surely, online advertising fuels consumption. Yet it is also a potential source of income for anti-consumerist alternatives and blocking advertising thus closes this opportunity of income generation.

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    There's also an associated energy cost in running the ad servers and transmitting all the data. – Chris H Feb 28 '16 at 14:09
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    Not to mention a big difference between trying to convince people to buy something new, and advertising things like seed swaps and hand-tool sharpening. – Chris H Feb 29 '16 at 8:18
  • Interesting thought. I haven't thought about using ads to promote second-hand products and goods & services for self-sustained living. – orschiro Feb 29 '16 at 16:47
  • Could you include a brief description of "degrowth" in the question? Those unfamiliar with the term shouldn't have to navigate to another site to find this. – LShaver Jan 3 '17 at 21:01
  • @LShaver great idea. I added context. – orschiro Jan 4 '17 at 17:35

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