I’ve spent some time today learning about what the writers’ strike is all about. I am completely in support of the writers. If I could walk the picket lines with them I would. Though I don’t write for television, I keep up with some folks who do and their demands are not unreasonable. All they’re asking for is to be paid when something they wrote gets broadcast online. Really. That’s all it is. It’s like how songwriters get paid when their songs are downloaded. They had previously wanted to get an increase in their residual pay for DVD’s (from 4 cents to a whopping 8 cents), but they dropped that point in an effort to compromise because it seemed that was a big stumbling block between them and the producers. But even once that was taken off the table, the producers still didn’t budge. Check it out for yourself:
Support the writers who come up with the lines you end up repeating throughout the day or over the course of your life. Support the writers who create those awesome headlines on The Daily Show and the Colbert Report. Support the writers who keep you in suspense at CSI. Support the writers because they aren’t independently wealthy and don’t have medical staff on call. Support the writers because it all starts with the words.