I regularly peruse The Age, the Herald Sun, the Daily Telegraph and the Sydney Morning Herald online. The hard copy Age come free when R is at work, and when he is not, I buy it on Thursday for the Green Guide.
Be it online or hard copy, I am getting mega pissed orf. The Age newspaper comes with awful inserts, catalougues for some retailer which I have no interest in. Then it also comes some times with an ugly yellow wrap sheet that is not quite full size. I have to rip it out to get to the proper newspaper. I have no idea who what it advertises, so I can't boycott the company. The only seen once by me, an opaque wrap over the whole newspaper, was only amusing to me the first time, because it was the first time I had seen it.
But what about the extra intrusive online ads over our newspapers. You are fast clicking through news stories and an ad protrudes across the site. I can cope with that, but when I click the back button, it shows again. Dear newspapers, keep you ads to the left and static. I will click on them if they interest me. But don't take over what I am looking at.
I have a seriously big bandwith (by Australian standards) which I pay dearly for, so it is not any cost for a newspaper to load an unwanted video of a news story that I object too. What I object to is that I want to read, not watch a video of a news report. The tv does that job perfectly well. Some do want to see vids I suppose, and the online papers can provide a link, but not load it unnecessarily.
Tony has mentioned similar issues with online papers a few times in the past. I cannot agree with him that they might die, but then I come from a older person perspective. Daily, I am never far away from a hard copy newspaper to read.