I haven't signed the petition
yet, because if I pledge to do this, I want it to actually be a positive thing, and I'm not so sure it is.
First of all, I buy A LOT of DVDs, so pledging not to, especially at a time when there's nothing else to watch would be a big thing for me. Especially since I'd probably be sacrificing my download ratio at my torrent site of choice and then still
be buying the DVDs when the strike is over.
However, I would not hesitate to do this if I knew this was actually a good thing for the writers. But is it? My concerns are twofold:
- Will the writers' residuals from DVDs be retroactive so that they'll get more per DVD sold after the deal is struck, no matter when it was written, or will they only get more for what they write after the deal?
- Since the writers' only source of income at this point is the residuals, will they really thank us for depriving them of it by not buying the DVDs? I mean, if they won't be getting more money retroactively, I'd say we were doing them a disservice (while, yes, screwing The Man at the same time, but how big a factor is that really for them if they can't pay their rent or eat?), and if not, they might think those very real 4 cents are better now than a potential 8 cents at some point in the future.
However, joining wga_supporters
and adding the interest "i support the strike"
can't ever be wrong, can it?
I've been both watching The West Wing
and reading some fic, and the layout of the the White House has been driving me CRAZY. Please tell me that some enterprising young fan has made floor plans, complete with screencaps and stuff.
One thing that really throws me is the fanon that C.J.'s office and Josh's office are connected. Huh? They're on opposite sides of the bullpen, right? But where does the second door in Josh's office lead? And where exactly is the writing staff located, in relation to the other offices? Where the heck is the Roosevelt room? And the situation room is downstairs, but where exactly? These, and many more questions, need to be answered pronto. Before I start trying to suss it all out myself. And I SUCK at that sort of stuff.
Related to my fic reading, but in no way disconnected from real world concerns, where do people get the idea that saying "I'm not a feminist" is a good thing? Do people really think that I, or any women in their right minds, want to hear that they don't advocate equal rights for us? Just because they have some distorted idea of what feminism is, that doesn't mean that it's not a matter of just that: equality. Just... URGH!