That's obnoxious. SCNG is particularly notorious for not being very selective about ads and they tend to be colossally heavy and sometimes invasive; there's no way on this periodically green earth that I'm turning the adblocker off. I click "no thanks." The popover disappears, but what it was covering was this:
That's not me greeking the article so you can't see what article I was reading. The ad-blocker-blocker did it so that a clever user or add-on can't just set the ad-blocker-blocker's popover to display:none or something. The article is now incomprehensible text.
The second thought I had was, how do you handle this? I'm certainly sympathetic to the view that we need stronger local papers for better local governance, but print ads are a much different beast than the dreck that online ads are. (Yes, this blog has ads. I don't care if you block them or not.) Sure, I could have subscriptions to all the regional papers, or at least the ones that haven't p*ssed me off yet, but then I have to juggle all the memberships and multiple charges and that won't help me read papers not normally in my catchment area. I just want to click and read the news, just like I can anonymously pick up a paper and read it at the bar.
One way to solve this might be to have revenue sharing arrangements between ISPs and papers. It could be a mom-and-pop ISP and the local paper, if any of those or those still exist, or it could be a large ISP and a major national media group. Users on that ISP get free access (as a benefit of membership even), the paper gets a piece. Everyone else can subscribe if they want. This kind of thing already exists on Apple TV devices, after all: if I buy the Spectrum cable plan, I get those channels free on Apple TV over my Spectrum Internet access, or I pay if I don't. Why couldn't newspapers work this way?
Does net neutrality prohibit this?