"As an aside, Zonker asked how many members of the audience run AdBlock (quite a few hands were raised). Those people were told that they are "killing publishing, seriously."
Um, no. I would say that if there's something that is killing publishing, it's annoying as hell ads. Ads that are so annoying that people proactively block them.
If publishers are relying on ads to save them, then they should make ads that people don't mind seeing. But if they make distracting, flashing and otherwise annoying ads, they have no-one but themselves to blame.