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Funny to see where the real power lies

In its continuing coverage of the WGA strike, The New York Times has printed a list of past strikes in the entertainment industry, including how long they lasted. It’s funny that most of the strikes went on for weeks or months…except one:

1988: Writers strike, five months.
1987: Directors strike, three hours and five minutes.
1985: Writers strike, two weeks.
1981: Writers strike, three months.
1980: Actors strike, three months.
1960: Actors strike, six weeks.
1952: Actors strike, two and a half months.

WGA Strike

As a fan of un-reality TV, I’m more than a little concerned about this looming writer strike in Hollywood. I’m all for giving creative people the money they deserve (that’s why I won’t buy bootleg videos and DVDs), but we all know where this is going: 24 hours of reality television.

I don’t know about you, but when I turn on the boob-tube, I want to see House, C.S.I., or How I Met Your Mother…not I Wanna Be a Crack Whore and Who Wants to Blow My Uncle?

But, hey, that’s just me.