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mtyoung

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Trent Trueheart

Subj: Re: Curious to your reasons
Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 at 12:17:34 am CST
Reply Subj: Re: Curious to your reasons
Posted: Sun Dec 23, 2007 at 06:39:47 am CST

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> > > > I'm just kidding, there is text.
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> > > Thats not a funny joke. I'm lucky I saw it.
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> > Yeah, sorry about that. I'm kinda being a dick on this issue today because I'm sick of people who hate the writers for striking.
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> So, assuming you support the writers, may I ask why?

Well, first and foremost, I think they deserve most of what they're asking for. I rarely watch unscripted television, so writers are important in my viewing habits.

Secondly, I know they're probably going to lose. The last two strikes haven't gone the writers way and I really doubt that this one will. Although I understand why the went on strike so early, they really should have waited until the end of June so the actors could join them (and the directors, if they hadn't renewed their contract by then). I don't know if the separate strikes (because I'm sure the writers will give up long before the actors strike) was a good idea because it does hurt the little guy more than a single strike. I don't know how long the actors will strike before the studios finally give in, but if the writers are on strike for 5-6 months and the actors strike lasts 3-6 months, everyone else is going to be out of work for way too long.

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> > > > One of the issues is home video residuals, the formula hasn't changed in over 20 years. Perhaps salary was the wrong word. But I don't want to say bonus either. Ah, truth is there really isn't anything to compare it to for most people.
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> > > > - TT
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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.
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> > > 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.
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> > 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.
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> I haven't seen any polls of viewers, but I would assume the majority of America either doesn't know about the strike, or just doesn't care. If I had to guess, I would think that most people are against the writers, just as they would be when/if pro athletes strike.

I don't think you can compare the two. An athlete who makes the league minimum pulls in a lot more than the average writer. And there are a lot more million dollar athletes than writers. Also, not everyone watches sports, but nearly everyone watches scripted television.

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> > > Personally, I'm against this strike, and always have been, for numerous reasons.

> > So, assuming you support the writers, may I ask why?
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> Well, first and foremost, I think they deserve most of what they're asking for. I rarely watch unscripted television, so writers are important in my viewing habits.

Thats completely understandable, but are you aware of how much they make? How does that figure compare to what you think they should make? Should the average television writer make more than a doctor?

http://www.amptp.org/dollarsandsense.html has a lot of really cool information about the writers and the financial side to movies and television. Worth reading.

> Secondly, I know they're probably going to lose. The last two strikes haven't gone the writers way and I really doubt that this one will. Although I understand why the went on strike so early, they really should have waited until the end of June so the actors could join them (and the directors, if they hadn't renewed their contract by then). I don't know if the separate strikes (because I'm sure the writers will give up long before the actors strike) was a good idea because it does hurt the little guy more than a single strike. I don't know how long the actors will strike before the studios finally give in, but if the writers are on strike for 5-6 months and the actors strike lasts 3-6 months, everyone else is going to be out of work for way too long.

I kinda of hate the writers union here just because I perceive it to be managed poorly.

> > I haven't seen any polls of viewers, but I would assume the majority of America either doesn't know about the strike, or just doesn't care. If I had to guess, I would think that most people are against the writers, just as they would be when/if pro athletes strike.
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> I don't think you can compare the two. An athlete who makes the league minimum pulls in a lot more than the average writer. And there are a lot more million dollar athletes than writers. Also, not everyone watches sports, but nearly everyone watches scripted television.

Well there is alot of things you have to take in here. I used the pro athletes as an example because they are in the entertainment field, and when they strike, its big news.

I'm sure the average pro athlete has a very narrow window concerning the amount of years he has. I'm sure the total number of pro athletes is much smaller than the total number of people in the WGA. I'm not sure what is watched more, sports programs or scripted television, but I know that the television event of every year is the Super Bowl, with MNF being the most watched show every week its on.

All in all, I'm not really rooting for either side, since I just don't think I know enough about the whole thing. I just want to watch the shows I watch, and both sides are preventing that.


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