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mtyoung

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The Black Guardian

Subj: Re: How isn't it?
Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 01:55:26 am EST
Reply Subj: Re: How isn't it?
Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 01:32:50 am EST

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> > Exactly, which is another reason why the writers' strike is failing
> > to get sympathy from the average person. I think the writers side
> > is desperately trying to win us over, while the producers side is
> > really keeping quiet.
> >
> > I wonder what the general publics perception of this strike is?
> > Most of the people I know aren't even aware that a strike is
> > happening.
>
> I've seen a couple of polls that indicate that the public is on the
> writers side. Of course, that's a month and a half into the strike.
> In two or three months, it could swing the other way.

Indeed. The most recent one I've heard about shows about 60% support the writers, 14% support the studios, with the rest not caring/undecided. This was as recent as last week. Plus, by polls, more than 84% are aware of the strike. This poll was taken a week into the strike. I'd imagine a lot more know about it by now.

I initially supported the writers, but while I still think they deserve more than what they're getting, I'm growing more and more appalled by the tactics of the WGA, particularly its leaders. There are reports that as far back as a year before the strike, the leaders of the WGA were unwilling to accept any offer, regardless of what it was. There are reports of the WGA mistrepresenting the facts.
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> Indeed. The most recent one I've heard about shows about 60% support the writers, 14% support the studios, with the rest not caring/undecided. This was as recent as last week. Plus, by polls, more than 84% are aware of the strike. This poll was taken a week into the strike. I'd imagine a lot more know about it by now.

The first poll you mentioned, which shows support, was conducted only in the LA area. So you have to disregard what that poll tells you.

The second poll, which showed awareness, is biased and improper for various reasons. The surveyor doesn't show any information about who he surveyed, only polled 1000 applicants, doesn't say how the applicants were surveyed (online, outside of a mall), etc. Basically, if you've taken a market research and statistics classes, you will see the errors.

Of course, I probably just read something wrong. I'm kinda suprised that this isn't more of an issue with people (since there aren't many polls concerning the matter)

> I initially supported the writers, but while I still think they deserve more than what they're getting, I'm growing more and more appalled by the tactics of the WGA, particularly its leaders. There are reports that as far back as a year before the strike, the leaders of the WGA were unwilling to accept any offer, regardless of what it was. There are reports of the WGA mistrepresenting the facts.

I've always hated the writer's strike, being a free market guy myself. To me, I have nothing to gain from their strike, I can only lose television episodes. From a business standpoint, I don't understand the reasoning behind the actions of the WGA.

And interesting link is : http://www.amptp.org/dollarsandsense.html where the AMPTP discuss the financial side of the strike.


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