This New York Times article describes a new form of online advertising debuting today that’s closer to television advertising than anything previously seen. I guess it had to happen at some point. I think it’s great that online content providers can feed themselves by creating and publishing ‘free’ content, but I’m still saddened by how commercial the Internet has become in the last 5 or so years. I didn’t like banner ads when they first appeared, but I got used to them like everyone else. Overall they are visually annoying, but they don’t tend to get in the way of what I’m doing that much. Television style commercials cross that line into the realm of wasting my time and that’s what really irks me.