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Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Looking for More Info on the Strike?

posted by on November 6 at 1:37 AM

Yesterday I posted some of Didion’s writing about the 1988 writers’ strike in Hollywood as a way of providing some perspective on writers’ strikes in general and/or jumpstarting a conversation about Didion in general (favorite topic of yours truly). Nevertheless, all that the commenters wanted to talk about were the particulars of the current strike.

So it seems worth mentioning that if for whatever reason you really do care about the strike, you shouldn’t be reading Slog. You should be reading Nikki Finke’s blog.

It’s got everything—the number of writers who were striking on day one, broken down by employer; news about the specific ways celebrities are supporting the writers (Patricia Arquette was delivering Starbucks coffee and pastries to the picketers); the statement of support from Barack Obama (this is “a test of whether media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives”); a photo of Tina Fey holding a protest sign; anecdotal stuff about what the executives are going through—

I heard from someone who works in Fox Television that the honking horns were driving all the executives crazy. They were screaming in the halls about it, and couldn’t get any work done. SO KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!

—and much, much more.

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Posted by GUEST | November 5, 2007 11:59 PM

have not watched TV in two years - I could give a shit

Posted by Jake | November 6, 2007 3:20 AM

is this CNN?

Posted by ida mae | November 6, 2007 5:36 AM

So you only care about unfair labor practices if the product the workers make is something you yourself consume? What a twat.

Posted by tree | November 6, 2007 7:37 AM

the longer this goes on the greater is the possibility of silence.

blessed, sweet silence.

Posted by max solomon | November 6, 2007 7:42 AM

people who hate television are so goddamn precious.

Posted by josh | November 6, 2007 8:12 AM

@5, because everyone knows that the opposite of signal is silence, and not more noise?

Posted by Peter | November 6, 2007 8:25 AM

What does the Stranger pay its writers?

Posted by So what is the answer? | November 6, 2007 8:46 AM

Sorry, Christopher -- I should have mentioned how much Joan Didion rocks in my previous comment. Can you imagine refusing Joan-fucking-Didion a floor pass? The nerve!

And thanks for the Nikki Finke link - she's hardcore. She'll tell it like it is. But it's strange she doesn't mention the picketer who was hit by a rageaholic studio jerk in an SUV. Defamer was all over it, including a pic of his sneaker under the SUV's front tire.

Posted by chrisdiani | November 6, 2007 9:45 AM

Errr, never mind. Nikki's got the sneaker pic too. Scroll down, Chris. ALLLLL the way down.

Posted by chrisdiani | November 6, 2007 10:12 AM

#2 and #4

Get fucked. I support the strike, but the details of the shows is trash to me.

And, yes there is life beyond TV...high quality real people and real planet life.

Posted by Jake | November 6, 2007 10:38 AM

Does this affect filming for the Seattle-based Reaper TV series?

Otherwise, it will be nice to not watch TV for a while, and catch up on the movies I missed.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 6, 2007 11:43 AM

Unfortunately again, Will, the answer is "yes".

"Reaper" may be set in Seattle, but the show is shot in B.C.

Posted by COMTE | November 6, 2007 3:19 PM

Well, they shoot some of it here, but I thought some parts looked like BC ...

Darn. One of my surprise faves.

Posted by Will in Seattle | November 6, 2007 3:28 PM

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