11/12/2007

The Heartbreaking Voices of Uncertainty

From an anonymous striking writer. Pass it on! -JA

59 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those sure are some sick, greedy bastards.

Wally said...

Leave it to the writers to actually be able to back up their argument....

Jimmy said...

Best. Video. Ever.

Anonymous said...

Excellent Vid! Pass it along!

Along with "Why We Fight"

Mercutio said...

In other words, they're shocked -- SHOCKED! -- to find out there's gambling going on in this establishment!

Man. Whever put that video together shold get a medal!

Much like the guys in the film version of MOTHER NIGHT, they're almost literally hanging themselves with their own words in that monatge!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys,

Here's a Christmas Pledge from dailykos.com: http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/11/12/145358/55

Christmas Buying Pledge (and it will extend to after the Christmas Season or until the strike ends)

1. I will not buy any DVDs or Blue Ray Discs

2. I will not watch any FREE streaming shows of 'The Office' or any other content on the networks websites

3. I will not download any episodes from Itunes or any pay site

If Black Friday isn't so Black, maybe that will send the producer's back to the table and provide a great Holiday gift to ALL of Hollywood -- JOBS.

Tom said...

Pardon my language but that is fucking outrageous.

Corey said...

Don't you just love when the bad guys get caught out in their lies? "Oops, was that camera recording what I actually said?"

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else tired of having 20 minutes of commercials…sorry “promos” force-fed to you after dishing out a small fortune to watch a movie which is also crammed with more cleverly inserted “promos?” Just curious……

Anonymous said...

Is anyone else tired of having 20 minutes of commercials…sorry “promos” force-fed to you after dishing out a small fortune to watch a movie which is also crammed with more cleverly inserted “promos?” Just curious……

Anonymous said...

Brilliant. Brilliant. Brilliant, Brilliant brilliant brilliant brilliant. Galvanizing, clear, says it all. Pass it on!

Anonymous said...

This is it! Everyone needs to put their support behind this video and post it everywhere. It's so sickening and makes the case better than anything else I've seen that these moguls are lying bastards.

Anonymous said...

Don't give in, keep up the fight!

Anonymous said...

C'mon you guys...a billion five? That's hardly enough for that private jet Iger's grandkids were hoping for for xmas this year. Have a heart.

(from a not-yet-union writer who'll starve before she scabs.)

Anonymous said...

You know what they say ... pictures (and most certainly videos) don't lie (even if the studio heads appearing in them do).

Anonymous said...

Oh ... these guys are pissing me off! And not to be childish or anything, but ...

Liar, Liar ... pants on fire! LOL!

shaun said...

Nice! And the truth will set you free.

jm said...

Media conglomerates… Vertical integration... Monopolies of knowledge… Media tyranny?

Also, why all the anon. comments?

Josh said...

Excellent. I'm flabbergasted.

David S. said...

Methinks, after this video and the rest that follow, the internet will not only be making money for these dimwits but the internet is going to cost them. Plenty.

Here's what comes next. After unions like ours use the internet to expose managements' corruption and lies Congress passes sweeping legislation to keep "the little people" from besmirching (read: outing) corporate behemoths. Keep hitting and hitting hard, guys, before they try to cut off our hands. Or something.

Ana said...

I just wish I could be paid for every time people use my creative works as well. It's been more than ten years, and they're still publishing them without even notifying me. Nothing worse than being an unheard, yet used and, so many a time, abused voice.

Good Luck to you, I wish I were there in your fight... just hang in there, and stay together! Someday... somewhere...

Captain Obvious said...

Used and abused, Ana? **perk**

Ana said...

...yeah, dear Captain of this titanic ship, just in reference to some work I've made on TV, books and magazines, some of each (recently and to my surprise) appeared on the internet as well. Only I had a strong bond like yours...

Dan said...

Oh my god, that was amazing. The companies are such rats when it comes to this stuff.

Anonymous said...

Why isn't this up on the YouTube channel?

It's just that said...

Keep it up!

(It's just that everyone else sucks)
http://ijtees.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

A typewriter? You're arguing over digital media with a typewriter? Ever think that maybe ten years from now the WGA and the AMPTP are both going to be obsolete?

Yes, my keyboard did produce clicks as I wrote this, but it didn't sound like a typewriter.

T. said...

Great video... I've been looking for something different to send to friends and family who may not be following the strike closely.

This may be the wrong place to ask this, but I've been asking around: Should college students not intern at struck companies? And what constitutes struck companies? I've been looking at development internships at production companies and various PBS productions, but I don't know what constitutes crossing the picket line. Any advice?

robdixon said...

I was reading an article on the Yahoo! Finance site today about how the studios are contracting with overseas writers and production companies for new shows -- basically sending the U.S. jobs overseas.

Right next to the story was an ad for a Sony InternetLink box that lets you watch web video on your TV.

Right below that was a MY TV pod that's supposed to show my local prime time shows. It said "No results found." (LOL)

You can see my blog post and a screenshot at http://www.rantworld.com

Misiek said...

Good post, i like that vid. ;)
-M

Josh said...

Wow. Now we need to find clips of them saying that they don't know if there's money in new media and edit them together Daily Show-style. That's the only thing I can think of to make this more powerful.

Gina said...

I love this video. I think that the writers of many shows are not being recognized for their work and originality. They should be compensated more than most studios head executives. They are the artists panhandling their work through galleries who are taking most of the profits.

erica said...

best great! workers of the world must stand together! when will we have enough of corporate greed and exploitation!!!!!!

moviemaniac226 said...

That is such an awesome video. Posted it as a bulletin on myspace.

"Support Hollywood's Writers!"

Anonymous said...

Shouldn't people be streaming shows on the internet as much as humanly possible, to make the hits and the numbers really high to prove that it's a viable and unstoppable upcoming format? My thought is totally the opposite from Daily Kos. If advertisers see that the viewership is high, they will invest more, and that means more to back the writers' case.

I'd like to hear what peoples' view on this is. Guess I'll head over to Daily Kos, too.

Steven Eleven said...

All of us innocent bystanders can help the writers by keeping our "reality TV sets" turned off until the issue is resolved.

cynthia said...

I cannot even believe how much I love this video. I would love to get this on the air! I'm forwarding this to everyone.

Anonymous said...

How's this for irony: in my email today I received a "promo" from Sony Pictures for their film, Southland Tales, and it says, "The Future is the Internet."

I guess Sony has figured out some way to make a few dollars off the internet after all.

signed,
Dudley

Kimberly said...

If the writers just keep on cranking out things like this it will not allow the studios to hide behind their lies.

Keep up the fight!

This tv fan will be there when you come back.

Anonymous said...

I'm a 24 and Office fan, and I am a fan of the writers. I fully support you 100%!

Anonymous said...

Scumbag studios. Just amazing. They continue to lie and lie and lie.

The CEO's continue to pay themselves ridiculous amounts of money while everyone else (includig the rest of the people that work for the studios) gets screwed.

The Night Scribe said...

Have the Fed strp in and order the big guys to open the books.

bobik said...

Are they selling the WGA shirts?

Anonymous said...

Great Site Thanks.

Meshakhad said...

OK, you guys bring that video to the next set of negotiations. In fact, stipulate that at least ONE of the execs shown must be on the negotiating team. Then use their words to rip them apart.

If they refuse after that, feel free to launch a military coup and take over the networks by force.

Captain Obvious said...

Used and abused, Ana? **perk**

Strong bonds, Ana? **perk**

jj said...

give that anonymous wga writer a friggin emmy! And a webby! And an oscar!

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Anonymous said...

I'm fairly certain that when the studios talk about money made from digital, they mean all digital, not just online video. I'm also fairly certain that most of that money is coming from banner ads and other web ads, not from video ads within video content. I'm sure they're making some money off online video, but I think it's a little misleading to imply that all the revenue is coming from online video.

Anonymous said...

I support you guys 100% More power to you!


Also does anyone know how I can save this video to my computer? I am giving a speech about why the WGA is in the right here, and sadly my classroom doesn't have internet connection and I really feel like this would hammer home my point. So any advice on how to get this playing without an internet connection?

Tamlyn Leigh said...

oh man, were they caught in a lie or what?

It is time the studio's are exposed for what they are, a bunch of greedy bastards, who lie and lie some more.

Everyone should see this video, and see exactly who the WGA is up against. I am with you guys and gals all the way!!!!

Anonymous said...

This is a fantastic video. I love it when proof in the form of these video clips can be trotted out to directly dispute the networks own arguments.

Why isn't this kind of thing shown on the news? Oh yeah, the news is just the mouthpiece of the networks....

Anonymous said...

Absolutely terrific. I'm not in the Guild yet, but I want to be. And now I want to be even more.

Anonymous said...

I support you guys 100% - you should get what you want b/c if it was not for you guys, we would not have our favorite shows. I am a HUGE Lost and 24 fan and if it means not having this coming season then that is okay, because you guys deserve more money - these companies are making way too much!!

brian_amsterdam said...

And so it begins. The media war. They will try to sow dissent, on a unprecedented scale. they will tell lies about your kids, wifes, friends. They will say co-workers are scabs, they will fire the lot of you. they will fire the lot of you. they will fire the lot of you. they will fire the lot of you. they will fire the lot of you.
And they count on you backing down then.
Please don't.

Stephan said...

If truth mattered, that would be your entire negotiating session. You'd go in, press play, and then they'd watch and reach for their wallet.

Anonymous said...

not a writer; but supportive of royalties for you guys here. how complicated can it be? if they're profiting from this medium you should be.

Kristie said...

Keep it up WGA!! no mas televsion para me

zencat said...

Excellent video. This and Why We Fight is a perfect combo to send to people.

God these guys are greedy.