I sometimes check out Huffingtonpost.com, and read their strike coverage.
Invariably, as soon as there's a strike story, someone with a grudge against writers complains about the WGA. Or the writers.
To them, I say this: Come up with an idea.
Here's the harsh reality of the writer's strike. Ideas cost.
Whether it's a marketing idea at Coke, or a new drug that cures cancer, or that widget that rolls the toilet paper backwards you finally sold to QVC, ideas cost money.
But when those ideas are whimsy, or imagination, or something intangible, like a TV show...
...when those ideas are jokes, which everybody thinks they can come up with but most people can't...
...when those ideas are stories, which are difficult to construct...
...that's when everybody starts thinking maybe they should be free. After all, nothing was invented, or built or sold on a shelf, right?
To every person who says that the story tellers in our society don't deserve a cut - a REASONABLE FAIR SHARE - of the income that we generate, I say "eat me."
Just because something is fun doesn't mean it's done for free. And trust me, after an afternoon of network notes, it ain't all fun either.
I stopped painting with my fingers and writing stories to pin up on a refrigerator a long time ago. Do I do stuff for fun? You bet. Do I do it for a mass audience? No.
You want to make up your own stories for free, you can put 'em on YouTube. You know, YouTube, where Viacom pulled their content because it was interfering with their revenue streams.
Me, personally, I like being paid for what I do, and I'd like to make a little bit more in success.
I know I'm not curing cancer.
But with any luck, I'm defeating boredom, one script at a time. Or maybe I'm making your kid laugh. There's nothing I like more than running into a parent that says they watch something I wrote with their kid, and they enjoyed it.
It's the "over and over" again part that gets me sometimes.
Still - I've learned to accept it in animation. I got into knowing the deal and while I'd love to change within, it is what it is.
But for the small group of people who think writers are being selfish in defending themselves against the encroachment of the internet, the loss of their residual viewings, or the right to be paid for downloads, you're being selfish. You're the one who wants something for nothing.
This town is built on ideas.
And those ideas are worth something.
People who make those ideas feel for those who have lost their jobs because of the strike. It would be awesome if that vocal minority of those who GOT jobs because of those ideas felt for the writers, as well.