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by Jen Creer, posted Dec 11th 2007 10:40AM

strike swag... nine Writers' Strike supporting sites.

Sure, the WGA strike sucks. But it doesn't just suck for us, the TV viewers (or reviewers, as the case may be here at TV Squad). It sucks for a lot of people with families to support. But I don't want to be a total downer. If you have been following the strike, then you probably already know there are a lot of great resources out there. But if you haven't been reading closely, you may find these nine sites worth clicking to for more information (and, in many cases, entertainment).

9. Variety is a pretty good resource for news about the strike. They have an entire section devoted to WGA strike coverage, and I admire their dedication. It isn't the first place I go for news, but it's worth a browse through their stories.

8. Another great resource about the strike is The Huffington Post. Several celebrities have guest-blogged here about the strike, and they have a ton of news and opinion pieces about the strike if you go here. What distinguishes it from Variety, really, is the celebrity posts, though Jamie Lee Curtis's post about how the picketers needed better battles cries was just silly.

7. A friend of mine turned me onto News From Me, which is written by a member of WGA, Mark Evanier, and includes videos and news about the strike from the picket lines, as well as a very personal view of the strike. Very interesting blog in its own right, and not just because it has tons of information about the strike.

6. United Hollywood is a really fun site. Justine Bateman blogged a call to arms there for the members of SAG to picket more frequently and to lend their support more fully to the strike. It was started by a group of strike captains, who identify themselves as both writers and non-writers. You can also get tons of information from United Hollywood about other places on the internet where you can actively support the writers on strike, such as...

5. Fire Dog Lake, at which you can write a letter and send it to the studios, in support of your favorite shows, encouraging studio moguls to end the strike though negotiating with the WGA. You can send your letter with one easy click.

4. If you want to buy a T-shirt showing your support of the strike, or perhaps just a red bracelet, you can get one at Strike Swag. The site was started by Tom Smuts, a self-described TV Writer, WGA member, strike captain, former studio exec, and lawyer. All of the proceeds go to help non-WGA members who are affected of the strike. Go here or here.

3. You may have seen all of the commercials actors have done for the Speechless Without Writers ad campaign supporting the strike. There are 21 now, with actors from Sean Penn to Laura Linney to Woody Allen. Some of the commercials are more effective than others: I thought Susan Sarandon's ad with Chaz Palmenteri, in which they perform a dramatic scene without words, undermined the point that they were trying to make. Obviously, you CAN pantomime and act without words-- but you can't sustain it for long, and nobody will understand what you are upset about. However, the best ads are the ones in which the actors just sit there and point out that without the words, they have nothing to do.

2. Coverage of the strike wouldn't be complete without including YouTube, and the now infamous video from the writer/actor/showrunners from The Office. Go here for more YouTube videos about the strike.

1. The definitive authority on the strike on the web is Nikki Finke at Deadline Hollywood, without a doubt. She seems to find stories nobody else can, and she is rarely wrong. She correctly predicted that the most recent round of negotiations would unravel, and she provides up-to-date and frequent updates.

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Dee

"In the interests of fairness" -- geez, kevjohn, you don't actually think TVSquad is a real journalism outlet, do you?

I think any outlet that lists Nikki Finke -- who has completely dropped any pretext that she's remote impartial about the strike and has basically just become the WGA's own version of Prada -- as their #1 source of writers strike information has made it pretty clear that that they're also obviously also biased.

Then again, given scripted television programming probably comprises 95% of TV Squad's subject matter, maybe the site's own bias shouldn't be a surprise.

December 11 2007 at 2:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kevjohn

I'm more or less with the writers on this strike. But in the interests of fairness, shouldn't there be at least some coverage from the networks' viewpoint? Or have we all just conceded that the networks are lying, ass-raping pirates holding creativity hostage?

December 11 2007 at 12:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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