This is specifically about The Verge’s website, but it applies to most large sites on the modern web. Tl;dr, websites are choked down nowadays by far, far too much third party tracking and metrics JavaScript, and that’s why your internet experience sucks (especially on slower connections).

Also an interesting point from the article:

Almost a year ago, I heard the notion of “Subscribe 2 Web” at Mozilla. The gist is that you’re worth about $6.20 per month across publishers via advertising revenues. What if you paid that much into an account yourself every month and used a mechanism built into your browser to distribute that money?