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    I Probably Shouldn't Be Blogging...

    WGA%20StrikeBanner.gifYou might not have realized it yet, but if you watch TV, listen to the radio, or go to the movies, you will soon enough. The Writers Guild of America, both East and West factions, have gone on strike and taken dead aim on Hollywood. At issue is the allocation of "residuals", which I understand to be similar to royalties (from what I've read), and the potential loss or elimination of these residuals as the entertainment industry leans more and more on what is called New Media, i.e. downloading videos and TV programs over the Internet.  Right now the writers aren't getting their fair share of that money, and that's just wrong. Think of how the entertainment industry went bonkers over Napster before music pirating was brought under control, and then consider how they are circumventing payments to writers for their intellectual property by playing a shell game with the form of delivery to the audience. Apparently some of the media (children of a lesser Creativity God) have attempted to portray the writers as rich Hollywood players, but as the Writers Guild points out, many writers are working middle-class stiffs like you and I, and they count on their residuals to get by. I know I personally would have trouble making my yacht payments if it wasn't for the residuals I earn from this blog! popcorn2.jpgOf course, I should probably stop blogging to show my support for the writers, so that the network television studios don't start marketing the Blog Sea as an alternate form of entertainment during the strike. In any event, if you're a television junkie, call your local network stations and tell them how much their programming sucks without the writers feeding them material. Then kick back in your recliner and enjoy a nice bowl of stale popcorn while you watch CBS, NBC, FOX, and ABC slowly decay into the world of reality show and reruns.

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