I am a bit pished that Google is still making money from my work by placing adverts against it - but I guess hosting those 28 million hits is not without costs for them. I have two other youtube spaces and they are one to two million hit youtube spaces. Every now and again I get a computer generated email asking me to sign up for adsense - but I have a permanently blocked identity.
I think this is a key point. They
are still making lots of bucks from your work -- from our works. In the past they
were print publishers or broadcast owners. Now it's online tech companies, but it is still the same game.
However, what has changed is that they
no longer pay much or anything for the raw material -- the "content" as it is now called. They've
figured out a way to get all of us to give them our material, our information, our identities, for practically nothing. Meanwhile they
are making gobs of money using our material, trickling down a few shekels to us, the new serfs of the information age.
The sad thing is, we've all happily rushed in to give them our work, our money, our identities and our lives; all for the promise of a few pennies, and "free" access to all this stuff.
Remember the old saying: "There's no such thing as free lunch"? We are
pay, one way or another.