Getting Paid is the Name of the Game

Check out this “Not the Daily Show with Some Writer” for a perspective on the writer’s strike:

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4 Responses to “Getting Paid is the Name of the Game”


  1. 1 Dave K. November 17, 2007 at 8:48 am

    Brilliant!

    Though, I am a little worried for the writers. In some ways they couldn’t have picked a worse time to strike. There seems to be a perfect storm brewing involving reality TV, IPTV, user-gen content, and the ever-increasing ease with which one can consume it on their couch rather than at their desk or laptop.

    If this drags on for any significant length of time, Americans may turn towards and embrace these alternatives. We’re moving that way anyway, this may just be a catalyst. The question then is, what happens when we get there? Does America’s appetite change enough so as to reduce the desire or need for content by these very writers? Will they strike themselves from relevance?

    While it’s obviously difficult to assume they will, it’s also difficult to assume an extended strike won’t have nudged along the evolution of entertainment a little more quickly than it otherwise would have evolved.

  2. 2 bobbyjones November 17, 2007 at 9:43 pm

    That’s the question: will user-gen content ever be a substitue for professional writing?

    Andrew Keen argues that “what the Web 2.0 revolution is really delivering is superficial observations of the world around us rather than deep analysis, shrill opinion rather than considered judgment.”

    This strike is calling overdue attention to their value and relevance.

  3. 3 Dave K. November 18, 2007 at 9:04 am

    OK, let’s assume we move completely to user-gen content, it’s not like the current writers would fall off the face of the earth. They’d be throwing their ideas into the pool too. And the same quality of writing that got them to where they are now will, we can assume, rise to the top of the pool in the future as well.

    I don’t agree with Keen’s assessment at all. It flies in the face of the proven concept that competition raises the bar on quality. Sure, there is a LOT of crap out there. But just by saying that, it proves that we’re at least aware that there’s a lot of crap. And that’s the first step.

    We then have our filters we’ve established- friends, family, blogs, forums, etc.- which we use as portals to the content that’s actually worth our time to consume. As an entertainment consumer, I’m not going to substitute a couple hours of quality content with hundreds of mindless, inane 3 minute clips of cats doing karaoke… just because I can!

    In the end then, all that would really change would be how that content came to be produced. Was it served up by some major media conglomerate? Or was it crafted by one of several small production houses of former Hollywood writers, directors, and producers that rose up out of the ashes of the Hollywood inferno of 2008?

    Maybe this actually is a good thing for the writers right now. And if we and they are able to suffer through it, we may all end up winners in the end.

  4. 4 bobbyjones November 19, 2007 at 3:37 pm

    As we are in the midst of an ever longer presidential campaign cycle, the lack of the Daily Show, Colbert Report, SNL, even the Tonight Show for heaven’s sake – is killing me.

    Read “With Satirical World on Hold, the Political world also takes a hit”:
    http://www.startribune.com/535/story/1556605.html

    Best quote in this article is from Al Franken: “There’s more truth in 10 seconds of satire than all the Sunday news programs put together. Satire has a way of cutting to the truth.”


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