Check out today's Diane Rehm Show on NPR. She hosted Dan Burstein, author of the new book 'Blog' (CDS Books) -- "A look at how blogs are changing politics, business and culture."
Open the link under Listen to This Show (I used AOL Media Player), and move the slider to the section directly underneath the Play button, the very middle section. She quotes an email from one of our own Refugees -- "Judith in Maryland" -- about the AOL ads and the exodus to Blogspot. (OUR Judith?? Was that you?) The author agrees that no advertising should ever run without consent of the blogger. He did seem to miss the fact that AOL, not the bloggers, get the ad revenue, though.
Also see the next-to-last section for more commentary on control, AOL, and the future of free services.