One thing that really annoys me about online ads is that it seems it is either difficult to ensure an inappropriate ad is not showing at an inappropriate time, or nobody bothers to ensure it doesn't happen.
For example. on more than one occasion I have been reading a news story about something tragic, when some stupid ad pops up on the screen about something that just seems insensitive. LIke the article is about an explosion that kills a bunch of people and the pop up ad talks about "blowout prices." I can't think of an example in this vein right now, but here's a similar example from an email I recently received.
A friend of mine died this past week. He had been ill for about 9 months. Anyway, another friend sent out an email to a few of us letting us know that Greg had passed that morning. The email was very somber and spoke of his illness and what he went through in the most recent weeks, and what a great guy he was, etc etc.
Anyway, the email was sent from a "free mail"-type of account and there was some really stupid automated marketing message at the bottom of the email. So here is this really somber message and at the end is this really inappropriate comment (not that the comment by itself was inappropriate, it was just wrong in that context). It would almost be like someone writing an email that said "Greg died this morning and by the way I saved $3 on my car insurance."
Has anyone noticed this? Is there anyone in the media world that can comment on why this is not addressed more proactively?
[Edited 2007-05-07 04:35:00]