Writers Guild Strike: Punchlines Over Pakistan

PicketSignClose.jpgThe lead story on television this morning has been the Writers Guild of America strike, not the civil and political turmoil in Pakistan.

It would be easy to turn that into a critical statement about our culture and values. (Reasonably so.) But there’s an economic side to the story, too.

Entertainment is one of our country’s biggest exports—and an industry in which we still lead the world. So when writers stop, so does that economic engine.

That point is getting lost in the “yucks” this morning about whether or not the writers will be able to show up for a picket line before noon.

If this strike lasts for awhile, it won’t be a laughing matter for a lot of people who work in the industry. So I hope it’s settled soon.