The Writers Strike of 2007-09: Is The Digital Revolution the Only Solution?

THE STRIKE – (Strikes Suck): The 2007-09 writers strike involving the WGAE and WGAW was a movement to gain better conditions for Hollywood screen and TV writers.  While I understand the desire and purpose for striking, and while writers and other no collar workers shouldn’t be exploited, I’ve always been confused as to why workers […]

Escaping Dilbert Syndrome: or, No Freelancing Woman Is an Island

Office humor is a genre in itself — closely related to Dad Jokes, but a little more routine. We see it in Office Space, The Office (both British and American), Dilbert, and in about 50% of cartoons from The New Yorker. It’s what many people who were consuming popular culture could relate to. This sense of camaraderie pervades every […]

Television Through the Ages and the Rise of Showrunners

Television is no longer what it once was for a variety of different reasons. Roberta Pearson’s examination of the three distinct television eras in her essay, “Cult Television as Digital Television’s Cutting Edge”, shows how television today allows for greater expression than in previous years. In order to examine this further it’s important to have […]

The One Where They Go On Strike: Friends, Netflix and the Value of Reruns

The lack of respect shown to television writers by the entertainment industry remains, to me, unfathomable. With networks struggling to attract new, dedicated audiences, one would think that the value of a good writer would be of the utmost importance. While directors and producers bring the words on the page to life and imbue typed […]

The Writers’ Strike, Web Streaming and Piracy

Littleton’s work TV on Strike tells the story of the 2008 Writers Guild of America strike, an event which left Hollywood paralyzed for months. Littleton weaves together the various participants and happenings into a compelling and engaging narrative of the battle between Hollywood’s content creators and distributors. While an interesting story from any perspective, the […]