Do you know what's worse than seeing advertisements everywhere you look?
I remember before the intarwebs had any ads. I shall refer to this timeperiod as The Day. Back in The Day, web sites sucked, but they sucked without ads. Many sites were terrible Geocities-hosted animated-gif-chucking embedded-midi-blaring atrocities, but most of them didn't have ads. Many companies didn't even have websites. I recall hearing about pepsi.com one day, and thought "Even Pepsi has a website now! Heh, what'll they think of next. How neat." Oh how foolish I was! Oh the ignorance of youth.
What followed can only be called The Dark Ages. Everyone realized that ads make money. Lots of money, apparently, because there sure were lots of ads. And there were at that time no tools to block ads or popups. It was carnage on a massive scale. How fondly I remember popups which spawned more popups as you closed them, causing an endless cycle of popups. If your reflexes were fast enough, you could close one popup, and quickly click to close the next popup before it loaded entirely, thus breaking the cycle. Windows' semi-random window placement policy ensured that this game never got old. How clearly I remember having the proverbial crap scared out of me when I heard my first talking Flash ad. My first thought: "Hey, look, someone made an ad with embedded voice!" My second thought: "...someone made an ad with embedded voice." My third thought is not repeatable in polite company.
What does the future hold? I forsee things getting much worse before they get better (if they ever get better). Computers will come with dedicated APU chips. (Ad processing units.) If you think about it, giving people a CHOICE is the weakness of ads. Perhaps when you open a webpage, a robotic arm will shoot out of your computer and grab you by your genitals and refuse to let go until you buy a fake Rolex filled with Viagra from a man claiming to be a dead South African prince's mortage broker. Perhaps we will be implanted with microchips which feed relevant ad data directly into our central nervous system at all time, so we see them even when we close our eyes. And may God have mercy on our souls.