I’ve seen discussions online about what reruns people would like to see during the writer’s strike. I think that’s fine, but I was wondering whether it properly reflected support for those writers who are trying to get a better deal.
I guess there are three camps you can fall into with this writer’s strike thing.
You support the writers and want them to get a better deal.
You don’t support the strike and think the writers ought to get back to work without a better contract.
You just don’t care what happens or you just want your TV shows back.
#3 effectively lumps you in with #2, because not caring is not supporting.
I’m not going to tell you what you ought to want, but I will say something you should know. A lot of what I like about good shows is attributable to the writing. When you go into work the next day excited to talk to other fans because of something really cool you saw on that show you like, it’s an idea that a writer thought up. I’m not trying to downplay the other stuff that makes TV and film good, I just want to point out that writing often stays with you.
So, what should you do when your new TV shows run out. Watch cool reruns?
I suggest you turn off the TV entirely. If you do want to support the strike, then don’t keep watching TV. Read a book instead. There are lots of good books.
For my part, when my shows run out I’ll stick with books and watch DVDs while I’m running. Will it make a huge difference to the strike? Probably not. But I want the studios to pay writers for new, fun, exciting writing. When the networks can offer me that, I’ll watch. When they can’t I won’t.
And if we feel that way, we should also act that way AND let people know. Shouldn’t we?