Like most people I find myself unsympathetic to the plight of those poor, underpaid, overworked Hollywood writers. Also confess I’m ignorant about the issues involved and might even wind up agreeing that the writers are the cornerstone of Hollywood content, and therefore may deserve fatter paychecks and tons of internet royalties.
But this raises the key problem. Hollywood writing stinks.
You are telling me it takes a legion of clever writers to put out a few hours of the late night network talk show drivel that passes as “entertainment?”. Apparently so because they are immediately switching to reruns. Reruns of late night talk shows. (better stock up on barf bags before I tune in).
Even with the most robust satellite network you can hardly escape the constant onslaught of Britney, Paris, and Lindsay party jokes mixed in with silly monologues featuring a few clever shots at Hilary or Rudy G. This is writing?
Is this going to affect Charlie Rose or McNeil Lehrer? Now THOSE are writers who deserve a raise. Or how about the writers at the New York Times, Washington Post, or the legions of hard working and *really* underpaid journalists struggling under the weight of blogOspheric news mania? THOSE writers deserve raises as well as they keep the fires of quality journalism burning even as, um… those of us who don’t have any of them journalism degrees keep on jabbering away as if we were real live journalists.
But don’t take my word for it. Here’s a quote about the implications of this strike from the President of the Writer’s Guild East:
“Losing Stewart and Colbert is something like losing Cronkite during the Vietnam War. ”
Excuse me, but now I definitely have to go find those barf bags….
David Carr has a good summary of the event, and the lack of much interest. Hey, I say give HIM a raise instead!