So this post has been a very long time coming. Actually I kept putting it off because other things have come up in my life. That's not to say that this stuff doesn't interest me it's just that they can mostly be covered in a few sentences.
TV writers Strike
As most people who know me know, I consider my self to be somewhat of a student of pop culture and Television is a big part of this. If you have been watching the news you may have heard that there is currently a TV writers strike going on. What it is based on is the total lack of revenue/residuals that are not being paid to writers for the new media forms. What I mean is that for some reason studios think it is okay to generate revenue off of the Internet or DVD sales and not provide the writers with any compensation for there work. If you watch a TV show on a network website (as opposed to an illegal file sharing site) you are forced to watch the show in a viewer they provide. This viewer allows you to rewind but you can not fast forward through the commercial advertising content the studios put in the shows. If there is advertising content then the studios are making money. If they are making money then they should have compensate the creators of the material. To me that would seem obvious but for some strange reason the studios feel they should not have to pay the writers anything. When a show is sold into syndication the studio have to compensate the writer for the work. I don't see why the deal should be any different if the syndication happens on the Internet as opposed to television. Obviously the writers want to put a stop to this. As such, about three weeks ago they went on strike. This is having huge affects on the TV season. The 7th season of 24 has already been canceled. A serialized show like 24 needs to have all the episodes filmed. They can't shoot some and air them and wait for weeks on end for a strike to be resolved before they can show the rest. The Fans of the show expect to see the show continuously for 24 weeks straight. Anything else is simply unacceptable. Although 24 was pretty bad last season I was still looking forward to its return. Now it looks like I will have to wait another year to see it. Another show that is up in the air is LOST. Lost was supposed to have a shortened season of only 16 episodes. But apparently they have not finished filming/writing enough of them yet. It has not been officially canceled this season but it is certainly looking like that is the likely outcome.
The only show that are pretty much safe are American Idol and other reality shows. Since in general I hate reality TV and think it is the worst thing to happen to the medium since Ted Turner or Fox news, I am not thrilled about the prospects for TV in the winter season.
I hear that the studios and the writers are negotiating again. I hope they get this resolved soon or I could see myself spending a lot of money on DVD's for entertainment.
Have you seen this?
As I have mentioned in past post I have been working at ford for the past 2.5 months. I actually sit next to the guys who are somewhat responsible for this campaign. I have heard them on the phone discussing it. They are nice people and I enjoy working with them. That being said, this is still an incredibly dumb idea. Who they hell thought that a "Lion man" could help them sell cars. The new Ford Focus is actually a very good small car. It doesn't need Lion men! Ford needs to focus on cars and leave the "Lion Men" in the jungle.
That's it for this week.
Next week... Marriage Classes