Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Writers' Strike

I've just realized that all the media coverage of the current TV and movie writers' strike was incomplete without my commentary. How irresponsible of me.

Those of you who regularly listen to me rant may be surprised to know that I'm supporting the writers. As a rule I hate unions and find them only marginally necessary, if that, and only in very few specific cases. This happens to be one of those cases.

Some might find it hard to sympathize with well-paid writers. I happen to know, though, that their jobs, while rewarding, can also be discouraging, frustrating and downright infuriating. They must be creative and brilliant under the confines of crazy deadlines, often having to juggle conflicting demands from their show runner, studio, network and rabid fans. They work crazy long hours with few guarantees of consistent work. And their work makes the studios very, very rich.

Here's the take of someone more eloquent and better-informed than I. Plus, he has graphs!

I'd like to see the strike end and everyone go back to work. It's true that I hate unions, but I hate greed and inequity just as much.

1 comment:

NikJustNik said...

I am totally in agreement with you on this T.. The writers deserve more money.. Look at how much the actors get paid. If the writers were not there they would have NOTHING to act with. They (the writers) get paid tuppenance compared to what the actors make. It is nuts.