While I've been goofing off instead of blogging, I've been following the writers' strike. It seems that the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers forgot to buy up all the extensions that go with its domain name. Someone (a creative writer perhaps?) snapped up the .com and put up a really funny spoof site. Check it out.
We are heartbroken to report that despite our best efforts, including sending them a muffin basket, making them a mix CD, and standing outside their window with a boombox blasting Peter Gabriel songs, our talks with the WGA have broken down. Quite frankly, we're puzzled as to why this happened. We talked about it all the way home – after we walked into their hotel room, slapped our list of demands on the table and abruptly left the negotiating session – and none of us could figure out what went wrong.
While we're not going to point fingers or assign blame, we do feel justified in saying that they are entirely at fault. The AMPTP has successfully concluded 306 major agreeements with unions since its founding in 1982, and there has never been an incident like this. Except for that writers' strike in 1985. And the directors' strike in 1987. And that other writers' strike in 1988. Aside from three isolated incidents, however, this strike is completely without precedent...(continue reading here)
Be sure to read the Strike FAQs. Priceless! And the Just For Fun! button? It's probably NSFW.
Via the comments at Whedonesque, which has lots of strike coverage from the fans' point of view.