In the NY Times, David Carr writes wonders whether a strike by TV writers is in their best interest. He thinks that we'll just go online for content...

In the NY Times, David Carr writes wonders whether a strike by TV writers is in their best interest. He thinks that we’ll just go online for content:

…YouTube isn’t going on strike. So the typical American household will not run out of content any time soon. (Although I will grab a lantern and pitchfork just about the time that the strike threatens to hold up the next plot twist in “Lost.”)

That would be a problem for the writers. Market leverage derives from scarcity, and while writers argue that original work is the only way to rise above the clutter, the spread of nonfiction and reality programming — most of it not covered by contracts — has made professionally written programs less critical.

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