Back when content like this was found in books the layout of the books was somewhat like the layout of this site (still in construction). I don't remember the Bible selling well because it had a pretty cover or sharing buttons sprayed all across each page.
The content came to you front and center because you were the customer and you were footing the costs.
Content on the web still costs money to produce, but you are no longer footing the bill. Content is now delivered around how the creator prefers, not how you prefer it. Creators used to care about making you happy. Now they care about making their customers (advertisers) happy. Their customers are happy when people get more "impressions" of their ads. This makes the creators happy because they can stay in business. Impressions go up when things get spread around more. So now there are buttons everywhere, fucking up the design/layout/flow/your_experience.
Instead of trusting their audience to install a bookmarklet (which they'll never do) to enable something like sharing on LinkedIn, X by Y pixels of every page from site Z will always be filled with a crap button for sharing to that site.
This needs to go away and get out of your face and mine. I understand that being bombarded with stuff like that is the only way people are going to share things en mass like they are now, but it's all going to backfire, in addition to being an eyesore. You cannot overload a medium forever and expect customers to stay. Radio and TV have done just as much to kill themselves as the Internet and things like iTunes have done.
There should be a universal sharing standard, something that can hide in the browser chrome, maybe in a corner, perhaps in the URL bar (that really doesn't even need to be there in the first place.) It could replace or add functionality to the woefully outdated, underused and poorly designed/implemented Star (Favorite) button.
Of course, this will never happen. It's far too much in everyone's interest to just gunk up a page with shit design, distractions and ads to pay the bills. More people get jobs, more people get paid, more people get to read things (probably things that are produced by 1000 times too many people) and everyone gets a worse experience. I mean do we really need 700 sites on the internet writing the exact same story that comes out of the Verge, BGR, Engadget, Gizmodo, CNET, etc, ever 10 minutes? Do we really even need 3?
This is the problem I'm talking about:
Listening to the Vergecast is actually rather enjoyable
Scrolled down one page:
Sharing buttons aren't evil, but they can be
And this is how to do it better:
How things can be done if you just care a little bit about design, and your audience.