Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Hollywood Writers Strike - Will Anyone Really Care?

With the exception of Hollywood and some parts of New York City, does anyone really care that movie and television writers have gone out on strike? Sure there are people that are pro-union and they will back their brothers and sisters all the way during times like these, but will the average American really lose sleep over not having new television shows to watch each day? My thinking is no, they will not miss television as much as they use to because there is so much entertainment available to the average American these days and nightly network television has a smaller piece of that pie than every before. It is not just cable and pay television that has taken a big bite out of regular prime-time television viewing, but there are movies to rent or download via the Internet and dozens of other entertainment choices available via iTunes and other digital media.

Please don't get me wrong, I am not against the writers that have gone out on strike, to the contrary I support their action because their work is now being used by big media to earn additional money in the digital world and these writers are not being compensated fairly because of the changes in the way programs and movies are currently being distributed. In fact, I believe the major studios, lead by their major corporate parents could have avoided this strike by doing the right thing and offering fair compensation to the writers without the pain of a strike. Instead, major studios decided to take the 'greed approach' and not offer anything to the writers whose work is all that they can really call their own. Many things have changed in Hollywood over the years, but unfortunately greed is still the motivating factor when it comes to the television and motion picture business.

While this strike by the television and motion picture writers continues, more and more Americans will find new forms of entertainment to take the edge off of their day. Right now, network television is already in a sad state of affairs when it comes to national viewership and a prolonged strike will just make matters worse for everyone involved. My wife and I have noticed that most network programming is only new during what the industry calls 'sweep weeks' anyway and that is probably why the writers decided to strike during the first week in November. While I agree that the writers should be compensated for the work that they do which eventually ends up on digital media, union members must keep in mind that both they and their employers are in a position of weakness right now with the American people. That said, the shorter this strike lasts the better it will be for everyone involved.

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