that strike thing : part v : love, writing & baseball
Kitty says this is a post —
Really it was a comment —
[The Zenformation Guy gets into the most interesting sexual peccadilloes when he is not being Southern poetic.]
Zen said [paraphrased] Middle America is hearing things bad about WGA and mostly not sympathetic to striking writers [Zen is sympathetic his neighbors are not].
And I said —
It reminds me of the baseball strike. People were outraged “those over paid baseball players were depriving their fans.” All anyone ever heard about was multi-million dollar player deals. And that sewed a lot of resentment. People allegedly getting millions allegedly asking for more millions. But —
Only a handful of players get those kinds of contracts. And no one seemed to be outraged at multi-million dollar owners who were more than willing to deprive fans in order to beat the lesser paid players into the ground. The same attitude is being sewn now. Blame the workers because they are not giving you the entertainment you are accustomed to getting whenever you want, forget the owners who actually control the situation, make the real money and could give a damn about you or the workers.
This works in part, I am pretty sure, because we live in a puritanical society that considers arts and sports frivolous occupations. There is a certain amount of resentment of people who get paid to “just write stories” or “just play a game.” Those are not, after all, real jobs, right? And I think in general terms a good deal of the populace does not consider us real “workers” with real occupations.
Oddly, everyone gets really pissed if we stop showing up for work though.