Bloggers on the state of emergency in Pakistan.

The latest chatter in cyberspace.
Nov. 5 2007 6:39 PM

Pervez's Power Play

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Jon Robin Baitz, who has written for West Wing and Alias, suggests at the Huffington Post that the press  is in cahoots with studios: "Newspapers and local stations also take in vast sums from movie and television ads, so there is a quiet and insistent hesitancy when it comes to being critical of the hand that feeds them. The studios have framed the debate, gotten ahead of it. … The fact that the future livelihood of thousands of families is at stake does not really come into the reporting. The actual income of the majority of writers in the business does not come into the reporting."

Also at HuffPo, screenwriter Howard A. Rodman gets into the finer points of residuals: "One of the things that tides us over during the leaner years is residuals. … But those residuals for things like television syndication are drying up, as syndication, re-runs and the like are replaced by DVDs. …This is why we're asking for four cents more for every DVD. And that's why we're asking that the DVD rate--calculated when … George Michael was in Wham!--not be the determinant of how we're compensated for downloads in this brave new world."

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Read more about the writers srike. The Los Angeles Times has a helpful chart explaining how the strike will effect many shows.

Laurel Wamsley, a former Slate intern, is a writer living in Washington, D.C.