I’ve been asked a few times for my thoughts about the Writers Guild of America strike, so here are my thoughts:
On the level of a consumer, it hasn’t inconvenienced me at all because:
1. I don’t watch enough TV to care;
2. Even if I did, I’m on deadline right now, so well done, WGA, for cutting off one more thing that would distract me! You’re mensches, the lot of you.
So clearly, I’m okay with it at that level.
As a writer, well, come on. Television networks not wanting to pay residuals on Internet viewings of their shows, because they’re “promotional,” even as they sell advertising on them? Kiss my ass.
Here’s a really simple rule: If any money is coming in from a writer’s work, from anywhere, the writer gets a cut. See? Simple. End of story (that would be gross money, incidentally. We all know how creative movie and TV studios can be in explaining how even the most wildly successful money-grossers don’t actually net anything). If it takes a strike to hammer that point in — and apparently it does — that’s fine with me.
So, yes, I support the strike.