Re: Re: Writer

First, as to "mind numbing ooze", this strike includes not only THOSE writers, but writers of truly exceptional material, like "There Will Be Blood", or "No Country For Old Men", or "Juno", or "30 Rock", or "24", or any number of other films and shows that move and entertain a whole lot of people. It is a HUGE mistake to generalize here. Second of all, all these comments about "whiny" artists who are in it just for the money is absurd! If you knew JUST HOW HARD it is to break into the business of writing (TRY IT!), just how hard it is to forge a middle-class living, you would NEVER make that remark. Of course there is great potential if you are successful, like virtually any other job. But success in the arts, more than any other professions, is a CRAPSHOOT. This strike is not just about writers, or actors, or directors, or producers. It is the classic battle between labor and management and ALL Americans should be concerned. And management has largely dictated the rules of the game. Is it any wonder that CEO's all across the nation get MILLIONS in annual salary, while typical blue collar, hard-working men and women struggle to insure their kids adequately, or pay the mortgage on a modest home? It is WAY too easy to point the finger at "whiny" artists. But then you end up sounding like "the complainer" in Dire Straits "Money for Nothing". Resist the temptation to take the easy way out. . Study the issue, dig deeper. Because if the writers lose AGAIN, it will set a dangerous precedent for other industries, whose CEO's are watching VERY carefully. 

LinkedIn meets Tinder in this mindful networking app

Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

Getty Images
Sponsored
Swipe right. Match. Meet over coffee or set up a call.

No, we aren't talking about Tinder. Introducing Shapr, a free app that helps people with synergistic professional goals and skill sets easily meet and collaborate.

Keep reading Show less

The dos and don’ts of helping a drug-addicted person recover

How you talk to people with drug addiction might save their life.

Videos
  • Addiction is a learning disorder; it's not a sign that someone is a bad person.
  • Tough love doesn't help drug-addicted people. Research shows that the best way to get people help is through compassion, empathy and support. Approach them as an equal human being deserving of respect.
  • As a first step to recovery, Maia Szalavitz recommends the family or friends of people with addiction get them a complete psychiatric evaluation by somebody who is not affiliated with any treatment organization. Unfortunately, warns Szalavitz, some people will try to make a profit off of an addicted person without informing them of their full options.
Keep reading Show less

4 anti-scientific beliefs and their damaging consequences

The rise of anti-scientific thinking and conspiracy is a concerning trend.

Moon Landing Apollo
popular
  • Fifty years later after one of the greatest achievements of mankind, there's a growing number of moon landing deniers. They are part of a larger trend of anti-scientific thinking.
  • Climate change, anti-vaccination and other assorted conspiratorial mindsets are a detriment and show a tangible impediment to fostering real progress or societal change.
  • All of these separate anti-scientific beliefs share a troubling root of intellectual dishonesty and ignorance.
Keep reading Show less

In a first for humankind, China successfully sprouts a seed on the Moon

China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.

Image source: CNSA
Surprising Science
  • China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
  • In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
  • The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
Keep reading Show less