Should ads be turned off on 9/11 hubs?
Just curious how people feel about whether or not ads shoudl be turned off on 9/11 articles. Does the prospect of making money from this topic cheapen the memory of what we are remembering?
Absolutely not. Is this not what America is all about? Exploitation of everything and anything for the sake of making a buck. The American motto, after all, is "Profits above all else".
If a philanthropist or the government wants to buy the sites or the absence of the ads, perhaps it could be done, though it's too late this year. As for cheapening the event, how could it be exploited any more than it already has been by nearly everyone involved, from the families of the survivors to New York public emergency services to the US government? Making a little profit off it pales in comparison to the ripoffs perpetrated in its name by those and more.
As a matter of respect my answer is yes that they should be.
Absolutely not. What is next? Disable all ads on Hubs that have a subject dealing with a horrific time in history. There are several horrible times in history that have been written about.
It is an interesting question and something I did not think of when I wrote about 911 this morning. Making money was never part of my thinking since after 70 hubs I still have not made even $10.00. However, you made me pause and give thought to the question. I went back to see how I could disable ads. I found it to be more complex than just unckecking a box that idenfies a hub as "commercial". I actually took that step, only to receive an alert from Hubpages. I did some backtracking and took some more time to reflect. My conclusion was that my heart was in the right place, that no one pays much attention to the ads anyway, and that if I should make significant money from this hub, I would donate it to a charity helping 911 victims or first responders.
The best things about Hubpages is that it is a wonderful place to examine these issues and have the discussion. Thank you for raising the question.
No they shouldn't be turn off.
Then you would have to turn off ads for every tragedy in history.
One year ago I wrote a film review about 'United 93' the movie about the plane in which passengers fought back against the terrorists on 9/11. Even though it is only a film review, I decided before publishing to set the advertisement content to 'none' - the only one of my 79 hubs that I have chosen to do this for. I therefore feel in a good position to speak on this subject.
I don't have a huge moral objection to adverts being carried, just as they are during TV documentaries about the event, and I totally agree that an ad-ban policy - if applied to 9/11 - could also be applied to any number of other reports or articles about tragedies or human sadness, and that would seem a bit excessive. My decision to bar adverts was purely based on the fact that there is no control over the nature of the adverts which appear on the hub, and I didn't feel it right for some happy, cheerful ad, or some inappropriate subject matter, to come up on screen in what is - I hope - a sensitive assessment of the film and the motivation behind the making of it. It's not for me about the ad making money - it's just about the appropriateness of the ad content in the middle of a poignant and sensitive review.
I have remained of that opinion, and have never changed the ad level on this particular hub. I believe this however, should be a matter for the individual, and should not be a policy by HubPages. Though perhaps as a wider question, one wonders if hub writers, or HubPages staff, should have some control over the nature of adverts carried on particular hubs?
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