Since I've moved, I haven't jumped back into the TV habit just yet. I've decided to wait until the writer's strike is over before I get cable TV again. The TV is still hooked up to the DVD player, so I'm not a complete Luddite hermit, but without writers, we are stuck with such crap that it just doesn't seem worth the effort.
I'd advocate a boycott in solidarity with the writers, but because the business model of TV is such a jumble, I don't know what the end user can do to change business practices. Back in the day when the United Farm Workers could ask people to not buy table grapes or lettuce, that could put pressure on management. Nice and simple. If we all turned in our cable boxes for the duration, would the cable companies be able to talk the TV production companies into a more reasonable position? There is some integration between the two industries, but would it be enough? I honestly have no idea.
Also, since the industry made a deal lickety split with The Director's Guild over the same issue of the sharing of profits from internet delivery, it's not like the production companies are actually in a position where they can plead poverty or some argument that internet delivery is a fundamentally different business model from delivery through cable and revenue sharing is impossible. Clearly, this is a power play. The writers don't have the power, so the production companies are screwing with them.
I don't know what will bring the end to the writer's strike. I vowed not to watch shows I like, including The Daily Show and The Colbert Report until the strike was over even when I still had cable. As it stands now, my TV is the reason I pay for a Netflix subscription, and nothing more.
What do you think should be done? Is there something you can do, or something we all can do?
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