Hacker News on the value of online ads

I remember at some point when I used to think the comments at Hacker News were insightful.  Now, I’m either getting too old or the quality has gone down significantly.  Anyways, here’s the post of App.net that has re-triggered this debate on the value of digital advertising.

A Fee-Based Twitter Is No More Ideologically Pure Than An Ad-Supported Twitter | Hacker News.