and I are trying out something new. She found out about it first, then told me. There is a plug-in on Firefox that takes the concept of ad-blockers a step further. Instead of just replacing the ads typically found on the internet with blank space, this project, aptly named "Add-Art," replaces the ads with art pieces from modern artists. Every two weeks the art changes from the previous two weeks' selection of artists. After learning about the project and reading about it, weedy_tea
and I have decided that we would journal about our experiences.
I just added the feature to my internet browser today. What I like is that the add-on doesn't slow down my computer at all. Also, it's really interesting to see just how many places in the internet there were ads before that I hadn't noticed. I think my brain had been skipping over the ads before--noting them and moving on. However, now that the spots are filled with art, I pay more attention. It makes me wonder just how much advertising my brain was paying attention to without my realization before.
On to appearances: The art that has been chosen for this project is kind of weird, and that is coming from me, a long time fan of modern art. I like it better than the ads, for the most part, but some of it almost looks like advertising. I'm not sure if this is on purpose or not, but I do think that the choice of art is...unusual. I will be interested to see how this changes and develops. I'll keep you updated.
In the mean time, if you'd like to learn more, and you have Firefox, you can go here
to read about the application.