Writers on Strike Leverage Social Media

by Chris Kenton on November 19, 2007

Some of you faithful readers of Marketonomy have asked why I’ve been AWOL the past six weeks. Well, I’ve been on strike in solidarity with Hollywood writers. I’m bitter about not making money from my work on the Web, so I stopped writing to show how much you’d all miss me. I know, the writer’s strike has only been running a couple of weeks while my hiatus started some six weeks ago. What can I say, I’m an early adopter.

Twice One of the unexpected bright spots of the writer’s strike–other than the prospect of exciting new reality shows like Apprentice: Kabul Edition–has been the rise of various blogs about the strike. I’ve actually been quite impressed by the way some writer’s groups have effectively used the Web to connect with people and communicate their message, and predictably, it’s the comedy writers who do the best job of it.

One of Stephen Colbert’s writers explains the producer’s side of the strike in this v-log. And many of the writers from Saturday Night Live have been writing a blog from the picket lines that’s far more interesting than any news you’d want to hear about labor conflicts. In fact, the SNL blog is a microcosmic look at what works and what doesn’t work in blogging. Note to Tom Ruprecht: Stop pimping your book already.

Of courses, the real winner once the shows start drying up will be YouTube. Once people realize they can get all the crappy tv they want without the crappy ads, hollywood is finished. If you’re happy, go around twice.

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Joe November 27, 2007 at 1:23 pm

I dragged my entire family to the city to see the Grinch and when we got to the front doors they were locked and we learned of the strike. That was the Saturday the strike began. I showed support to the stage hands on strike and I feel the same support to the writers on strike. There is big money in the entertainment business and these integral groups deserve their fair share. Good luck to all the writers and stage hands and thanks for all your previous effort and hard work!

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