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J Walking

I’ve been out in LA the past few days and people are scared. This afternoon I was walking around a small town north of LA with some friends in the film business. We were talking and strolling and occasionally shopping. In each store we entered the merchants talked only of the strike and how they are already feeling the impact. I learned that each striking writer is required to spend at least 20 hours on the picket lines. That adds up to a lot of writers when there are more than 6,000 members of the Writers’ Guild. But what has convinced me that they will win is this – a little piece on YouTube by a striking Comedy Central writer:The truth about strikes like these in the past is that the writers had no outlet for their voices or their creativity. The studios controlled all of that. The Internet changes the dynamic. The writers will humanize the strike and chide the studios into submission.

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