Since most of the comments deal with opinions about picketing, I'm not going to address each one, but a personal shout-out to Tim W. I appreciate your politeness, Tim, but you really have no idea what's going on. You are not directly involved in this strike, therefore your opinions are uninformed. If you can't see how your even-handed dissenting friend is creating a problem, I don't know what to say. But I think some of the things you've said need to be addressed. I do find it a bit ironic that you say this:
One thing that bothers me is that wanting to compromise is seen as going against the WGA. TO me, not wanting to compromise is going against worse. Negotiating IS compromising. Focus on the things that matter, and if the other side still won't budge, THEN stand firm. But refusing to budge on issues like reality television is stupid.
But that you then say this:
Quite frankly, other than calling Craig hypocritical, I haven't really seen anyone attempt to debate the actual thrust of what Craig posted. TO me, he's being a lot more even-handed about the situation than a lot of people who criticize him. He seems to be the one of the few who understands that the AMPTP will not negotiate on certain issues and keeping them on the table is hurting YOU GUYS. If they were important issues, I could understand it, but they're not.
Think about it for a minute. Then go read Josh's posts and cgeye's post. Then think about it some more.
The WGA has been on strike for over a month. I would say it's pretty much time to cut to the chase in the negotiations. Wouldn't you?
Strike forever! Actually, you need to realize that the AMPTP walked the fuck away. There ARE no negotiations because THEY WALKED AWAY. I don't think it can be made any clearer.
Mazin is saying what he feels, and banned one person who pissed him off. Let's not overstate things here. To me, and others, he has a point. I am amazed that people truly think that he is trying to screw the writers. I've looked over his posts and many of his comments, and all I see is a guy who simply has a different opinion on how to get what the WGA wants in this strike. He's still on your side. He still wants the writers to prevail. He just thinks there is a better way to go about doing that.
I really don't want to talk about Mazin anymore (feel free to blow off that particular steam all you want in the comments), but since he's positioned himself as the loyal opposition, I have to respond to this. You state "He's still on your side." See, Tim, you don't have a side. You're an interested bystander, nothing more. So you don't really know which side he's on, and if a goodly number of WGA members -- people who are out there every day picketing and supporting the leadership -- draw the same conclusions from Craig's words, maybe they have a point, dig? Maybe they see something that you don't see, because you don't have the same point of view.
Craig can say he wants us to prevail. He can say he's on our side. But then he posts something that's directly contradictory. He purports to be a writer, but he isn't using words very well.
From my vantage point, Craig is seeing how the negotiations are going and feels the need to try and change their course. That doesn't sound like someone who is against the writers. It sounds like someone who is very concerned for the writers, and doesn't just want to sit back and do nothing. You call it undermining. He calls it activism.
No. Activism is picketing. Activism is going to locations and talking to crew and locals. Activism is letting the late-night hosts know that if they do go back, it may not be easy for them. Activism is hearing Harlan Ellison speak about how far you have to go to get what you deserve, and what that fight really means.
Craig is concerned for himself. But let's not lie -- I'm concerned for myself, too. As Josh said, however, being out on the line has made me concerned for every one of those people I walk with every day. I'm concerned for the showrunners who walked away from their shows as episodes are being shot and posted. I'm concerned for the staff writers who are new to the business, and the assistants and future WGA members who will be affected by this contract, and who are out there picketing with us. I'm concerned for the animation writers who aren't getting residuals even as their properties -- the characters THEY CAME UP WITH -- adorn the wall of the fucking studio.
Now, you say that Craig wants to change the course of the negotiation. Any idea as to how? Or where to?
I thought not.
I know you don't realize or intend this, but offering your outsider advice is unbelievably insulting. I don't know how to make it any plainer than that.
However, since I said I would not censor this blog, feel free to comment on it however you like. I just can't respond to it anymore because that brick wall's really starting to hurt. I'm sure there are folks who will pick up the comment torch but I'm asking you to really think about what you're saying, and what you think it's achieving. Because honestly, I have no idea at this point. This isn't just about a labor negotiation, it's directly affecting US. I ask you to just keep that in mind. Because on other sites, it IS a more removed discussion. That's just not how I feel.
You'll always have a home here, my friend.
Please forgive me if my comment about being difficult in the room angered you in any way. I rewrote the question three times to make sure there was no offensive language. I understand completely that your blog is not the room. I visit your blog, Jane Eppenson's and one called What It's Like. I don't visit Writer Action because, frankly, and this is lazy on my part...it's just too wordy. Anyway, maybe I used the wrong phrase but I just wondered in this internet age (when everything follows you around) if you think there's a possibility your own words could be used against you. Again, sincere apologies, if my original question angered you. I tried to be as benign as possible. I hope I succeeded this time.
I wasn't angry, I'm just a little confused about which words could be used against me. So if I answer based on what I THINK is on my blog -- nah. When in meetings, I still haven't seen any evidence that the internet matters at all. Hope that helps. And thanks for reading the blog. Hopefully, I will not always talk about the strike. But I keep getting pulled back in...
4. Must agree in principle to be the new voice of the Dodger. Scully out. Mazin in? OMFG!
NOT cool, man. In that case, I say STRIKE FOREVER! In the interest of full disclosure, however, I would say that about anyone replacing Vin.
Apology accepted. Don't worry about it.
Stay strong, man. And thanks for posting.
np -- The Jakpot, "Throw Away Culture." How appropriate.