Why The Writers Strike Doesn’t Affect Me
It’s pretty simple, really: I don’t watch much television. I don’t watch many movies. I don’t consume very much “traditional” media. Therefore, the Writers Strike the entertainment industry has their panties in a twist about is a non-event for me. No traditional sources of entertainment? No problem, I’ve got an entertainment bench a mile long. (A new one that’s cool? The Guild.)
Given the sheer number of choices for consuming media these days, television, and to a lesser extent Hollywood, is in decline. This strike could not have come at a worse time for the industry. As the various TV networks and movies scramble to fill in their TV schedules with reruns, reality shows, news shows, and the like, those of up who are hip to the new ways to consume content will just go find something else to watch.
As the strike wears on and people are clamoring for entertainment, those of us who are swimming in entertainment choices will show the masses the ocean of fabulous content that’s available and just how easy it is to get. When this writers strike does get resolved–and you know it will as there is far too much at stake–the masses won’t even care because they will have tuned out.
Of course, it probably won’t go down that way, but you can bet it’s what they’re seeing as the worst-case scenario. The fact is, we’re already moving in this direction. A writers strike is simply going to accelerate the masses in this direction. The longer the strike wears on, the quicker this is going to happen.
Seems like a suicide pact, if you ask me, but nobody did. What do you think about all this?