Shana M. Caro ’11
RR: You’ve heard about the writers strike, right?
RR: How long do you think it’s been going on?
SC: I don’t know. I haven’t been able to watch a lot of TV since I got here, but I think it started in the summer.
RR: Nope, it’s only been about twelve weeks. Does it really seem that long?
SC: Okay, wow. I guess I’ve just been cut off from TV entirely since school started.
RR: Did you watch a lot of TV back home?
SC: Yeah. Every night, “[The] Daily Show” and “[The] Colbert Report.” And a lot of MTV and stuff that I’m a little ashamed about.
RR: Do you think the writers are justified in preventing us from watching those great shows?
SC: I don’t know how much money they were getting beforehand, but it probably wasn’t enough compared to what producers were making, so I think they’re justified in asking for more.
RR: When new television returns do you think there should be any new improvements to the shows you watch?
SC: No. Television, for me, is a way that I can just relax and stop thinking for a little bit, so I’m perfectly fine with most of the shows being pretty much drivel.
RR: So you think the writers should get paid more for “drivel”?
SC: Yeah sure, why not? Producers are getting money from advertisers when people watch drivel so I think the people who write it should make more money also.
Yannik K. Pitcan ’11
RR: So how do you feel about the Writers Guild strike?
YP: Honestly, it doesn’t affect me that much. My favorite show, “The Boondocks,” doesn’t need to depend on writers to write the show for them because it’s already good enough as it is.
RR: It doesn’t need writers?
YP: Yeah, and it could be the best show on TV right now. And I also think that they should have me write instead. I should be the one writing shows.
RR: Why you? Pitch me your pilot.
YP: My what?
RR: You know, the first episode of your series.
YP: Um, I think it would be something making fun of Michael Vick. Possibly. Yeah, I’d try a line of Michael Vick scenarios.
RR: Oh, wow, that hasn’t been done before.
YP: It hasn’t? Really now, is that sarcasm or are you being serious? There hasn’t ever been a comedy making fun of that. It’s always been like, “Oh my God, let’s attack Michael Vick as a person,” but there isn’t anyone making any jokes about it. It’s something fresh.
RR: Okay. The strike has been going on twelve weeks. Too long?
YP: Honestly, yes, it’s been too long.
RR: Supposedly they might get a contract soon.
YP: Well, I mean, I hope they do for the best of the media but I’d be affected more if I was one of those people who watched “Desperate Housewives” or “Lost” or “Grey’s Anatomy.”
RR: You don’t like “Grey’s Anatomy?”
YP: No, I’m not into that much. I mean, I’d go watch it for Katherine Heigl, but besides that...
Isidore M. T. Bethel ’11
RR: So you’ve heard about this Writers Guild strike, right?
RR: How do you feel about it?
IB: I support them. I think it’s a case of people who usually don’t get a lot of press finally standing up for themselves.
RR: So I assume you failed all of your classes.
IB: Um, no.
RR: Why not?
IB: Well, why would I?
RR: Well, you’re supporting a writers strike, aren’t you?
RR: I’m serious.
IB: I actually took a production class where I didn’t have to do any writing. I guess that’s the only case where that works though. In the other three classes I did have to do a lot of writing.
RR: So you would consider yourself anti-union?
IB: No, not at all
RR: But you’re a picket-crosser.
IB: [annoyed silence]
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