SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Miranda Banks and Kate Fortmueller
A historic pattern of rivalry among Hollywood's big unions representing writers, actors and set workers has limited their ability to win against the industry. Support for striking writers suggests the big unions are getting on the same page.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Gavin Mueller
Our techo-utopian society holds the Luddites in low regard, but their actual history helps explain what's at stake in the screenwriters' strike and any labor conflict where new technology threatens workers' livelihoods.
SOURCE: Los Angeles Review of Books
by Kate Fortmueller
The plot of each sequel of negotiations between the producers and writers has followed a formula of compromise for mutual self-preservation. Technological advances have convinced studio heads that they no longer need the labor of writers enough to keep compromising.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by David Arditi
Like the enclosure movement that pushed English serfs off the land into precarious urban or vagabond lives, Hollywood's embrace of the gig economy model means that the writers whose labor creates entertainment can't count on stability or livable wages.