Is it really a good deal to be able to get our media for free because it is paid for with advertisements?
No! It is a Big Rip Off costing us much more than what it costs to produce.
The economic arguments for having a Digital Public Library:
Some people claim they are not affected by advertising and perhaps this is true regarding what they purchase; however, we are all affected because the price of things we buy includes advertising costs.
This is how the rip off works. We are led to believe that we get “free” media because advertisers pay for the production of the media content but the consumer pays for advertising when they make a purchase. The advertising cost is built into the price. This is a little bit sneaky but nothing is free. One way or another we should pay for our media content. If that was all there is to the story you could not really call it a rip off, just a deception. Not only does the consumer pay for the advertising that goes to pay for their media content but they pay again when their time is wasted by being interrupted or distracted with ads. We are paying more than ten times what this so-called “free media” actually costs.