It's because "being offended" (or something someone decided to frame as "being offended") is the problem, a weakness. It isn't that someone says something wrong and bigoted whether anyone is offended or not. At least not anyone worth speaking of.
They always try to avoid a panic until they need to manufacture one. Don't maybe have a brief panic over something real, have this sustained panic until we get what we want, over something we made up for some reason. And oh yeah, it allowed that thing to happen that we didn't want you to panic about before. Feel free to panic about it now. But only with respect to this other thing we want to do.
Consequences of the (just barely, maybe) Good Enough and memory/processing is cheap cultural mindsets. (And devaluing actual knowledgeable people, and expanding the definition of "development" to include whatever.)
I was wondering about this "breaking sites / the internet" thing. I was imagining that all of them were somehow having their script called from some other domain where it is hosted (popular enough idiocy as it is) instead of having this bit of code and its environment hosted with their sites.
Really, everything has gotten incredibly stupid under the guise of innovation, but that concept sort of stretched my credulity a bit. So I am glad you commented, and i didn't have to post a whiskey tango alpha foxtrot comment blind.
I often wonder if there is a quantitative way to analyze at least what is known about domestic surveillance and other activities, and compare this across time. The FBI seems problematic at least half of the time, and the CIA was the super obvious illegal operator for decades. Maybe they didn't interface as much with local law enforcement, but there is enough history of them behaving badly throughout history.
It certainly seems that with increased capabilities, they are worse than ever, but how does the general illegal and quasi-legal activity and intent trend? And how much worse are they now with the increased capabilities and apparently less oversight and more support to just do whatever they like?
And really, at this point, could several successive administrations and Congresses change this institutional culture if they suddenly came over all sensible and were united against such things? The inertia must be staggering at this point.
I was going to suggest the same as a few others above: Color code links to sites for varying reasons, including those who block visitors because of an ad blocker or noscript.
What really needs to happen, and possibly users dropping site visit and complain will help magically now with some content providers, the way it generally hasn't almost ever since the 90s, is that these sites need to drop the damn ad providers until they do a better job.
Sites also need to place a few ads judiciously on a page. No problem then, especially if they aren't malware vectors.
People buying ads should be smarter too, about picking ads that don't fucking annoy people.
Flash, other video, and sound ads need to just go away. I'll click through if i want to see it, if not, you aren't selling me something anyway, and i'm going to block you, and maybe stop visiting sites that serve the ads.
It's funny, the only way i use ad blockers is by opting to block ads myself. So if you are cool, amybe only some or none of the ads displayed on your page will be blocked. Assumeing the domain they are served from isn'ty so annoying that it isn't allowed in noscript.
And that is the other thing. You ever try hosting you own dam content and ads? Do you really need to be serving scropts and garbage from 50 other domains? And so that your content isn't even viewable until one allows a chain of several scripts?
Really, and some people pay enough for bandwidth on some devices. And for some people, pages aren't even reasonably accessible if they don't block at least some of ad-heavy pages. Either it is too much for them, or their system. Stop being ridiculous bastards.
I'm even happy to support a site by clicking though, if they aren't obnoxious with what the put on their pages.