20 November 2007
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This is turning out to be a year of broken routine for many, myself included. Survival dictates that we learn to make the best of however the present circumstances come at us. Creative people have better things to do than walk picket lines. Maybe this strike could be a blessing in disguise.
Perhaps the main concern for the future is that in the eventuality that television and the internet merge, writers would be paid the fraction of a percent they were whittled down to years ago. It could turn out that stonewalling negotiations may have backfired. Setting all that creativity free to roam may amount to letting the genie out of the bottle. Some of those ideas left languishing on the back burner may now have a chance to see the light of day. So why not beat them to the punch? An abundance of fresh ideas could be the cornerstone of the interNetwork, a limitless source of entertainment options. Technology that can make this a reality is coming of age. The status quo employs an infrastructure from the past which is becoming redundant. That customary safety net has now become more of a bottleneck.
Viewers would have a palette of product, from trailers and pilots to established series. Anyone could be in the role of a studio executive, rating what they see and providing feedback. Clips could be forwarded, expanding a grassroots following that could help justify further production investment. Same as cable fragmented traditional market share, this would blow it to smithereens. Live events such as concerts, theater, stunts, whatever builds a buzz, could be streamed without regional boundaries. If the structure is found to be dilapidated, then it may be time to tear down and start over.
Whether cloaked in wolf or sheep skin, it's a dog eat dog world. There will always be those with the business savvy who manage to rip off the creative ones, but the fact remains that the writers are the ones getting paid As little as possible, yet they are the ones in demand, because without them, there is no product. Writers now have the tools to take more control of their destiny, if they are ready to do so.
While this concept surely has been bounced around for awhile, maybe now it will get the push it needs into the mainstream.
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