I have now found the heinous membership page on the KING5 website. I’m not sure how a got there the first time, and to be fair when I went there on purpose — by clicking on the top nav bar — I had no trouble using the back button to return to the page I was reading when I discovered the button. Nonetheless check this out:
Notice the check boxes at the bottom? Notice that they are checked by default? Want to see what’s under the little question mark?
Surprise — you almost opted into an online marketing network. Can you say massive junk mail in your inbox. That you’ll never manage to stop, ever. In fact efforts to stop the junk mail by clicking on unsubscribe only bring more junk mail. And you can’t complain. Because you gave them permission.
Oh sorry, you thought you were signing up to be a member of KING5. Uh…how do you “be a member” of a TV station anyhow?
PS While doing this little exercise three new mini-windows containing ads and several requests to install cookies from bluestreak.com, questionmarket.com, specificclick.com, and interclick.com among others showed up.
I give up. The video pissed me off anyway.