This is more a clippings dump than a summary, but hey. It’s also up at dKos, where we’re chatting while watching The Daily Show/Colbert reruns. Or not, as the case may be.
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| So, let’s start with that negotiations summary. Nikki Finke, of course, has the details. Essentially, the AMPTP issued an ultimatum that sounds a lot like ‘we only talk about what we want to talk about, and we won’t ‘negotiate’ unlesss you concede first,’ the WGA said ‘um… no’, and
Of all the other summaries, the one that includes this snippet is my favorite.
The NYTimes printed a piece yesterday which somehow bugs me, talking in general terms about the power struggle involved. I guess one of the problems I have is that it seems to assume that the WGA’s efforts, including those to expand its jurisdiction to cover reality show writers, are entirely and exclusively a power ploy in a zero-sum battle against its perpetual enemy, the
Power doesn’t have to be just about being the alpha dog, having all the money, and beating back everyone else just because you can. That’s.. kind of a basic theme of human history, yes?
|And now: When Blog Worlds Collide! The Lehane Saga part (whichever).
I think FiredogLake had the scoop that “Labor Unions Support WGA, Fire Union Busting Consultant Chris Lehane,” with Kos following up with confirmation from a Change to Win spokesman. Nikki Finke summarizes, adding some analysis of what the ‘masters of disaster’ have accomplished:
|Enough thinking, more linking:
trekweb has coverage of the Star Trek Theme Picket… the first pencils have been delivered… UH has this week’s events… KARE11 has coverage of the Minnesota WGA info-action… the WSJ has noticed fan interest in the strike… UH provides info on the AMPTP’s future plans: And Nikki Finke, who probably needs one by now, posts this martini recipe, credited to screenwriter Nian Aster:
OK, Martini break over. In business news, something called the Television Critics Association Press Tour (it promotes mid-season shows) has been cancelled. Apparently, the networks didn’t like spending all that money on critics anyway. Take what they give you, peons.
UH has a post titled “Links: NBC Under Siege Edition!” — some of the same stuff I had yesterday, about NBC quietly refunding advertiser money, but they also have a link to coverage of the picket of NBC in Second Life — and a mention of “the FCC nonsense going on,” which would be part two of tonight’s installment of When Blog Worlds Collide! (Action links there, follow… and, let’s see. There’s more on advertising interests at the Vanity Fair blog, this latimes story is interesting, and so is this:
Why, yes. Yes I did. Hmm. I wonder what the story with that is?
It’s entirely possible that this is an appropriate place to put this quote from Atrios: