Monday, November 19, 2007


Like most people my age, I am sad every time 11pm rolls around and The Daily Show is in reruns. I am forced to watch my local news and fall behind in my daily dose of political commentary. However I do not mourn as “another show falls victim to the screen writers’ strike,” as one Central Cost news anchor described it. It saddens me that the story is so often about the loss in programming, the lament of reruns, and how to cope in the meantime. (Reality TV to the rescue? Nope – they have writers too.) Where is the story about the huge difference between how much media companies are making and what they’re paying their writers? Barely any time has been paid to actors who are picketing alongside the writers, especially the comedians who remember from whence they came. I’d even appreciate another story about how new media is changing the face of entertainment and how the industries must adapt to this new environment. (Or have I been overexposed because I majored in Communication?)

Here, with the other side of the story—completely free of bias, of course—is a writer from The Daily Show, reporting from the picket line. What I love most about this clip, is that the writers posted it on YouTube, which is currently being sued by Viacom for copyright infringement, including hosting clips of The Daily Show. In fighting the distribution of its material on YouTube, Viacom has posted every episode of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart on its own website, so that no one else can profit from them.

Saturday Night Live also took on the then upcoming writers strike in their Weekend Update. A YouTube clip of the segment "is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NBC Universal."

*In Solidarity