incrediBILL - 6:43 am on Jun 12, 2012 (gmt 0)
The internet is getting nastier and nastier.
It's been pretty nasty for quite a few years, 6-8 years at a minimum.
If I had to pick 2 events that probably kicked off the large scale abuse we currently contend with on the internet it would all be focused around the appearance of several large scale affiliate sites like CJ and then came along AdSense which pretty much sealed the deal.
Remove the low hanging AdSense/affiliates fruit from the equation and most of the problems would go away IMO as the easy money scraping GRQ scheme motivation would be gone.
Think about it, we probably wouldn't have had Panda or Penguin either because the SEs wouldn't have had nearly as much motivation to go to such extremes without such money grubbing scraper pollution clogging the web.