So, as of 12:01 this morning, the WGA on both the East and West coats went on strike. Because I am not really a writer, and not currently working in the entertainment industry (outside of BG, OH), this doesn’t directly effect me. However, because I plan on making a move to a larger city to work as a ____, the WGA strike is something I should be paying attention to. I think this particular video is interesting:
At any rate, I do support the WGA in this strike. The writers should be getting some sort of compensation for the things that they have written that are being distributed in new media outlets (internet, etc.). Money is being made there, so the people who have worked on the products should be paid–at least something.
On the topic of scab writing:
Would I do it? I really don’t think I could. There is an obvious reason that the unions (of any kind) are in place. I never considered myself necessarily pro- or anti-union, but I really don’t think that I could ignore the work that the people before me did to organize and get their unions in place. It’s true that many people have made careers over crossing picket lines, but I don’t think that I am one of those people.
In other news, today I learned that the High School Musical franchise has made more than a billion dollars. A billion dollars. I can’t even fathom that amount of money. But, it really is a testament to the power of tweens. After hearing that, I really have been considering starting to write for children/tweens.