Funny how the strike's driving us to the Internet
Perhaps it’s just proving the point, but this YouTube video is the sort of thing I’m going to be watching while Hollywood is on strike. Members of my beloved Office’s cast, writing and producing staff are on the picket line and doing us the favor of turning it into little Webisodes. If I can’t watch new episodes of the show, at least I can watch these. Writer/producer Mike Schurr tells us “you are watching us on the Internet, a thing that pays us zero dollars.”
United Hollywood.com also is a good site for checking out the writer view of what’s happening in Tinseltown, a place that surely seems tarnished at the moment. I don’t think Les Moonves, Peter Chernin, Bob Iger, Jeff Zucker and the like are really blogging about this, but if I stumble upon such a thing I would be thrilled to provide a link.
I want to add that this strike is a hard thing to cover because it’s one of those events where people are so irate that no one is going to be happy with you unless you a) cover their position perfectly and b) ignore the other guy’s position. I’m not sure I’ve ever read so much griping over how something is being covered. I can say as someone who has been a journalist since high school — and has actually covered more controversial stories than syndication ratings and program plotlines — these are the times where you are messenger and everyone wants to shoot you.