Friday, November 09, 2007

What writers want

If you've been annoyed because you're missing your daily dose of The Daily Show (like me) you might be interested in this video from the striking writers about what they want.

This is a good use of the medium. The video is short, snappy and lays the issues out in a clear fashion, with plenty of graphics to back up their points. Anyone looking for advice on how to put together a presentation that works should take note.

What I can't understand is how the issues in this strike have been allowed to go on for so long. It was almost 20 years ago that the writers agreed to give up a significant part of their share of the home video pie, to help get the business going. Now, 20 years later, everyone agrees that what's happened to them is unfair and should be fixed. But during all this time, the writers' share of those revenues hasn't changed. Why didn't anyone from the big companies ever say "This is silly and needs to be fixed"? Seems like a no-brainer to me, but then, I often thing that common sense should prevail. Silly me.

If you support the writers, head over to to see their blog, or sign their petition.


Donna said...

A nicely executed explanation. Thanks for posting, Dave.

Dave said...

Thanks Donna. There's more to this issue than appears at first glance and I think that those of us that write web content as well as more traditional mediums are going to be affected by how things turn out.