Writer’s Strike: Can I have their jobs?


This will be a short, short, short post.
I’m sure enough of you out there have heard about the strike in Hollywood. If not, go here. My question is:

Where do I need to go to sign up to take their jobs? Yes, that’s a serious question. I’d be willing to take their jobs.

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About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Strike: Can I have their jobs?

  1. Oh it’s not a strike like that, silly. I mean, as if a mere strike could stop a real writer from writing …

    It’d be a handy time to get block out of the way, though. 😀

  2. I’m sure it would be ample time to send in a good script though. A network would look good having a new show come out when there is a strike going on…
    But if u did that, you’d turn your back on your fellow writers.

    What makes your blog so special by the way? I get no traffic at all. Patience is a virtue though.

  3. Well, in all honesty, they are not my fellow writers for a very specific reason: none of the people except Joss Whedon has, as far as I can tell, written anything for TV that I’ve been interested in. Maybe there are some movie writers in there that have written some things I enjoy, but for the most part, I could care less. I don’t watch The Office or Heroes, or Bionic Woman, or pretty much anything on TV now except Family Guy and American Dad simply because nothing on TV is gripping enough to keep me from turning off the TV when commercials come on. It used to be that TV could keep me entertained–back when Nickelodeon was still good, when Cartoon Network rules, and when Disney still played their classics and had great programming… Now, I don’t watch TV. I haven’t sat down and really watched anything that wasn’t on On Demand or pre-recorded in over a year and a half now. So, for that reason I could really care less if they are mad that they aren’t getting enough money or whatever it is that they are complaining about because they have done very little for me as a viewer anyway. The only people I care about are the ones I know for certain have written great programming.
    I don’t have any scripts, nor do I have anything that I think the American public would be willing to watch that I could turn into a script. Science fiction does very poorly on TV (I mean real science fiction, like space ships and the like…look at Firefly…it was cancelled even though it is possibly one of the greatest shows to ever grace the television). Alternately, fantasy does poorly too. I don’t write the type of comedy people would enjoy either because I don’t write the comedy that is on TV. None of it entertains me. I just don’t really fit into the whole media market as far as TV goes…I should make my own channel *grumbles* Though if a Hollywood company would like to give me a shot to write something I would in a heartbeat. Hell, I’d even direct it, that would be fun! There are thousands of writers out there that would gladly take their jobs if they aren’t willing to do it anymore. Nobody is forcing them to be writers. It’s a choice. You deal with it or get another profession. Novel writers aren’t treating all that great in a lot of cases either. Most writers can’t make a living doing what they love because the market doesn’t pay them to do so.

    On a side note, to your other thing. What makes you think my blog is special? I can’t answer the question until I understand your reasoning :P.

  4. It’s not that popular. There are a lot of places that get more traffic than I do :S. It just takes a while. I’ve had this blog for over a year now. I have around 40 subscribers and an average of around 50 visitors a day. Of those visitors, most don’t stick around very long. My blog is rather specialized. I only discuss genre fiction and things related to it, and I discuss my writing. Both are geared towards certain groups. I’m just glad to have as many subscribers as I do :P.

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