The Firefox extension NoScript gives the World Wide Web back to the users. Here’s why.
If you open up the Console utility and leave it in the background while you browse around with NoScript installed, you’ll see a message every time a script is blocked. It’s very satisfying to see line after line scroll by; I imagine tiny screams of agony as they are crushed. If I happen across a site that I actually need to have scripting enabled on, I can choose to do so, whitelisting the site temporarily or permanently.
I was struck earlier today that this was in effect returning the web browsing experience to an earlier time, while giving the *user* the power to choose what got run in their browser. The best of the old days and the newfangled web-as-application fun.
And that is how it should be.