Friday, May 8, 2009
This is too funny for words.
Above is a screenshot from the Recovery page on my website McMan's Depression and Bipolar Web taken just a few minutes ago.
No, you are not seeing things. In the lower right hand corner, you are viewing an advertisement for the Church of Scientology. Like nearly everyone who operates a website or a blog these days, I employ Google Ads to help pay the rent. I do not - nor have I ever - solicited advertising. Rather, Google automatically loads advertisements that its various algorithms decide is a good fit for the page.
Apparently, the Google algorithm determined that I am a friend of Scientology.
In a similar fashion, HealthCentral loads ads into the top banner portion of my mcmanweb pages. At the time of this writing, for this particular page, an ad for Ensure is on display. Across another page right now is an ad for Prisiq, which looks like this:
Various antipsychiatry bloggers such as Philip Dawdy of Furious Seasons periodically (and tediously) attempt to discredit my writing based on the fact that I happen to carry these ads on my site.
Apparently I am a tool of Big Pharma.
But no, the conspiracy is even more evil and far-reaching. I'm also a tool of Scientology!
Okay, okay. I confess. It was me you saw on the Grassy Knoll one day in late November. Whew! It's a relief to get that out of my system. In the meantime, don't forget to support my sponsors ...