I recently received notice from Google AdSense demanding that I change the content of one of my blog posts, a review of Suspira (1977). This was due to a gory picture of a woman with a big chunk of glass bisecting her face, from the movie. Apparently this is a violation of Google Adsense’s terms, no gory stuff.
OK, fine. Google has every right to set standards for what type of content their ads for dating services and laptops appear next to. Advertisers have a right to expect the same, as well. I have no problem with that.
This is a site about Horror. Duh. Google didn’t figure that out back when I first was accepted by them for Adsense? Didn’t their scurrying little Matrix-bots report back that I spent most of my time talking about icky stuff? And that some of my imagery was kinda disturbing?
The funny thing is, the post in question is critical of Suspira and Italian Horror in general, for relying too much on gore and violence. And this blog has generally promoted horror that relies more on psychological tension and disturbing suggestion rather than gore and special effects. If The Morbid Imagination isn’t safe for Google Adsense, then no Horror website is.
The upshot is that I have removed the Google ads from The Morbid Imagination and replaced them with Amazon ads. I will not allow advertisers, or anyone else, dictate content on this blog.
But the really maddening thing is that all the time Google ran ads on The Morbid Imagination, for the most part, they were not directly relevant to the content of this site. It’s a Horror site, there should have been ads for video games, Horror movies, Horror novels, etc. The mighty Google brain thought my readers were interested in computer training and Japanese dating sites. I would have made more money (I didn’t make much) and Google would have been happier if their ads were better targeted.
So I’ve moved on to Amazon. I hope you find these ads of interested; if you want to support this blog, click on a few of them, especially if they are for products you are genuinely interested in.
And you lonely horror nerds looking for hot Japanese chicks: get a life and go to to a horror convention, chat up some of those gothy gals, I bet they’re awesome!Tags: censorship