This, in a country that runs on television
The US public is kept ‘busy’ killing time and any anti-capitalist activity by cable news, entertainment services, sports coverage, and late-night shows.
The writers of the latter are now on strike because their low pay is indefensible in an industry that makes fortunes.
You’d think the federal government steps in soon to bring the parties to a compromise as the served middle class may start thinking for themselves, and they might get off their couches and become full-time activists. No professional politician wants that. But no. The Union does nothing.
Most shows cut us off cold turkey without warning or goodbyes. Seth Meyers and Stephen Colbert did mention the upcoming strike.
Only the Daily Show had the chutzpa to broadcast an interview with writers probably recorded before the strike. Is that breaking the strike?
In any case, the following clip shows the enormous contribution of screenwriters to funny people. (Why don’t politicians’ speechwriters join the strike? Imagine all of Washington and all of politics going dark.)
And one comedian let the audience ask questions. No prewritten text.
Late Night also did an interview with a guest, also prerecorded?
Day two of the strike just started.
So far, no reruns of evening shows. Some still have new stuff on the shelf.
After the first few days, no more news about it. As my mother’s father already said: Geen nieuwtje zo groot of ‘t is in drie dagen dood—No news so sad, or in three days it’s dead.
Of course, the Right is pretty pleased that this is happening.
Last but not least, what are we afraid of Artificial Intelligence taking over our mouths? Apparently, most politicians and comedians already speak words not coming from their brains but from a teleprompter.