Now you’re wondering “What is Ghostery?” Ghostery is a plugin for your browser that gives you control of what information you share when you browse the web. It can be configured to flat out refuse to allow beacons and other bits of information to be placed on your computer to track your browsing or you can tune it to allow some sites to gather some data. I use Ghostery coupled with a second add-on just for Facebook and my web browsing is very clean and tidy.
Cleaner for Facebook: http://apps.graffino.com
Now you’re probably wondering “but doesn’t a site like the Guardian get most of their revenue from adverts?” To which I answer in an elitist manner that I really don’t care about that as I pay monthly (or sometimes yearly) subscriptions to The Guardian as well as over a half a dozen*^1 other media outlets specifically.
There is a big quality difference between what you read on lower tier news sites such as network affiliates compared to the stories and reporting you get from the big boys of print media, so supporting them financially when you have the ability makes sense. Keep in mind we do not have network TV service so we’re not paying that $150/month for DirecTV–although we do have Netflix, Hulu, Acorn, Cruncy Roll and Amazon Prime but even with those subs our yearly media expenditures are about the same as if we just had 12 months of cable or satellite TV but we get so much more.
As Bruce Springsteen sang about cable TV back in 1992:
*^1 Our current list is:
The NY Times
The New Yorker
The Boston Globe
The Guardian (UK)
The Washington Post
Plus our local PBS station (which allows us to stream their content.)