greenie_breizh: (ecology)
"We have to do the things we do that seem so hard on the community to make sure there is a community."
- Joss Whedon interview

This is so true it hurts. And it's so true because it transcends the issues that writers and actors have been having with the AMPTP - at the very core of environmental issues, this is what it's about, too: making tough choices so that we can go on, instead of turning a blind eye to the situation and hoping it'll get better on its own. It doesn't. Civil rights were never won without a fight; the free market will never help the poor, and it certainly will never improve the environment crisis.

We have to make tough choices. And start thinking long term, instead of thinking about how we can make the most money fastest. Instead of believing in a market that's only done good to the richest. That's the only way we're ever going to create communities instead of trigger wars.

The choices are not going to get any easier, either. We complain about rising gas prices while thousands of people are dying of hunger. Let me stress that. Dying. Of hunger. Because the Western world wanted coffee and so developing countries started monocrops instead of feeding their own people. Speaking of eating - start eating less meat. I don't care you like it. Because we eat so much meat, our pasture footprint (the surface on the planet we need to feed ourselves) is 8 times bigger than developping countries. I don't care you love meat. Us liking beef cannot justify using resources so disproportionately and leaving other people starving.

I'd like us to stop thinking it's not related. Of course you're not directly starving a Senegalese when you buy meat - it's not about making people feel guilty. It's about understanding that we're in this together. That it's all interrelated and that our system is deeply unequal in our favor. That we all live on one Earth and our actions do have consequences. Our system, our way of life, has consequences for the planet and for other people. It's about changing. It's about realizing that we're living above our means, worse - that WE are living above EVERYBODY ELSE's means, and they never got a say in the matter.

One of my most hated quotes of all times is a quote by George Bush who said "the American way of life is not up for negotiation". Of course it fucking is. Americans are real nice people (well. most of them anyway.), but that doesn't give America a right to stomp all over the rest of the world.

Let's realize how superior we've been acting, let's stop being brats, and instead of feeling guilty, let's make changes. Soon we won't have a choice anyway, but it's not even about that - I'll rant more about that later, I think. We've built a sick world. We need to reconnect with each other and with the very ecosystem that allows us to exist. Think about your impact. Then do whatever you can to reduce it.

Moderation might not seem as sexy and fun as excess, but it's not a bad thing. We should celebrate moderation - there is nothing wrong about being respectful enough of people and the planet not to care online about getting the most of everything. Excess doesn't mean satisfaction.

(Note the irony of the song I'm listening to - and then turn off your lights whenever you're not in a room.)
greenie_breizh: (political)
"On Tuesday, members of the Writers Guilds East and West voted by a 92.5% margin to lift the restraining order that was invoked on November 5th. The strike is over." - WGA e-mail (quoted by [ profile] dramagirl42)

The United Hollywood article on the end of the strike, you can expect many articles to pop up in the press in the next few hours.
greenie_breizh: (political)
WGA Calls for Vote to End Writers Strike. The writers are voting on ending the strike on Tuesday.

Jane Espenson seems not only happy with the deal, but also confident that it will pass membership scrutinity.

What worries me is the 17-day window for streaming videos where writers get no compensation at all. That seems like an awfully long time to me, especially since (for TV shows at least), the vast majority of users will download during the first week so they can watch the next episode the following week... there's an interesting post arguing both for and against on UnitedHollywood. After reading it, the window still makes me uncomfortable because I feel like the writers are still getting screwed, but it was interesting to read the side arguing that this isn't so bad.

I'd love to hear Whedon's opinion on the deal - he obviously knows and understands more about the situation than I do, so if he came out in favor of the deal, it would definitely reassure me over the fact that this isn't a bad deal taken solely because the writers can't afford to strike much longer.
greenie_breizh: (political)
[The strike is NOT over yet, since the membership has yet to meet and discuss this deal today, but it's likely that it will be over by Monday. Nikki Finke explains what needs to happen in the few days. I'm very curious to see what happens now. And note that the summary of the agreement seems to allow corporations to show streaming episodes online for 17 days before the writers get residuals. I really don't get how that could be acceptable.]

To Our Fellow Members,

We have a tentative deal.

It is an agreement that protects a future in which the Internet becomes the primary means of both content creation and delivery. It creates formulas for revenue-based residuals in new media, provides access todeals and financial data to help us evaluate and enforce those formulas, and establishes the principle that, "When they get paid, we get paid."

Specific terms of the agreement are described in the summary at the following link - will be further discussed at our Saturday membership meetings on both coasts. At those meetings we will also discuss how we will proceed regarding ratification of this agreement and lifting the restraining order that ends the strike. Details of the Los Angeles meeting can befound at

Less than six months ago, the AMPTP wanted to enact profit-based residuals,defer all Internet compensation in favor of a study, forever eliminate "distributor's gross" valuations, and enforce 39 pages of rollbacks to compensation, pension and health benefits, reacquisition, and separated rights. Today, thanks to three months of physical resolve, determination, and perseverance, we have a contract that includes WGA jurisdiction and separated rights in new media, residuals for Internet reuse, enforcement and auditing tools, expansion of fair market value and distributor's gross language, improvements to other traditional elements of the MBA, and no rollbacks.

Over these three difficult months, we shut down production of nearly all scripted content in TV and film and had a serious impact on the business of ouremployers in ways they did not expect and were hard pressed to deflect. Nevertheless, an ongoing struggle against seven, multinational media conglomerates, no matter how successful, is exhausting, taking an enormous personal toll on our members and countless others. As such, we believe that continuing to strike now will not bring sufficient gains to outweigh the potential risks and that the time has come to accept this contract and settle the strike.

Much has been achieved, and while this agreement is neither perfect nor perhaps all that we deserve for the countless hours of hard work and sacrifice, our strike has been a success. We activated, engaged, and involved the membership of our Guilds with a solidarity that has never before occurred. We developed a captains system and a communications structure that used the Internetto build bonds within our membership and beyond. We earned the backing of other unions and their members worldwide, the respect of elected leaders and politicians throughout the nation, and the overwhelming support of fans and the general public. Our thanks to all of them, and to the staffs at both Guilds who have worked so long and patiently to help us all.

There is much yet to be done and we intend to use all the techniques and relationships we've developed in this strike to make it happen. We must support our brothers and sisters in SAG who, as their contract expires in less than five months, will be facing many of the same challenges we have just endured. We must further pursue new relationships we have established in Washington and in state and local governments so that we can maintain leverage against the consolidated multinational conglomerates with whom we bargain. We must be vigilant in monitoring the deals that are made in new media so that in the years ahead we can enforce and expand our contract. We must fight to get decent working conditions and benefits for writers of reality TV, animation, and any other genre in which writers do not have a WGAcontract.

Most important, however, is to continue to use the new collective power we have generated for our collective benefit. More than ever, now and beyond, we are all in this together.


Patric M. Verrone
President, WGAW

Michael Winship
President, WGAE
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)
First, an interview of Joss where he talks about future projects. I can't wait to see his ballet with Summer, and I really hope he'll go through with his idea of producing something without the studios. If the strike should teach us anything, it's that the creative community can, and should be able to create outside this for-profit approach.

Second, Joss posted on UnitedHollywood to express his opinion of the rumors going around that the strike might end this weekend (or soon, anyway). He's turned pretty radical, and I absolutely love that. He does have a tendency in his rants to turn the moguls into evil-doers to an extent that's manichean (and I know he knows that), but you know what? Unfortunately, I think it's true that there is a category of people, up there at the top of corporations, that has absolutely lost touch with the way most of us make money and most of us live. This obsession with profit and stockoptions is not healthy; it's a creation, and it completely disconnect money earning from the real world and the production of actual goods (even if they're intellectual goods). I unfortunately really believe these people's agenda is not to be fair, or to give people enough so they can live decently. It's to take as much as possible, so they can make more profit for their company. That cannot be forgotten, even if the strike stops Sunday. Because it doesn't stop being true.

On that note, I'm off to research water privatization. Perfect topic to reconcile myself with capitalism!
greenie_breizh: (political)
I haven't posted about the WGA strike in a little while, there hasn't been much news. You've probably heard the rumor that the strike is going to be over soon - there does seem to be encouraging progress. However, don't assume it's a done deal. Personally, I want to wait and see what the contract looks like before I say anything.

There's an article on Variety today that mentions Joss:

"I wanted to be sure someone was out here early with one of these," said Joss Whedon, hoisting a sign, which wasn't easy given the gusty winds. (The wind even blew the water from the long rectangular fountain that runs the length of the pickets' loop onto the sidewalk, hitting strikers from the knees down and keeping the sidewalk muddy.)

Whedon arrived at Fox before 8 a.m., and helped set up the water jug and sign-in table. The "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" creator said he's encouraged by the reports of progress but won't get overly enthused until there's "something I can vote on." He also noted the emotional factors that have raged during the strike. Whedon, for one, sez he's not going to be able to paste on a big smile as soon as there's a deal.

"I'm still really angry," he said. "I can't just recalibrate (my feelings) just like that."

I am seriously in love with the Joss Whedon that's emerged as a result for the strike. I will be glad once the strike is over and everybody can finally go back to work. But I'm not happy or optimistic about anything that's become apparent throughout these last 11 weeks, and will remain true no matter how the strike is resolved. I really hope Joss stays angry, because rightly directed anger is a powerful drive for creativity.
greenie_breizh: (political)
You've probably heard that the DGA (Directors Guild of America) and the AMPTP struck a deal last week. I haven't looked much into what the deal implies, though I know apparently it gives the studios the right to air something online without paying any residuals for 16 days, which is mind-boggling to me, but anyway. Apparently it's still a better deal than the DGA could ever have gotten before the WGA strike.

Speaking of, the WGA has begun back channel discussions with the AMPTP which hopefully means both parties will soon return to the table. Joss Whedon posted a comment on UnitedHollywood about this.

I'm getting the feeling that no matter what happens, the writers are going to get screwed. Well, I suppose big businesses always win, anyway. But I like, I love Joss's drive to find "alternate methods of financing and developing content". That's where battles can be won, that's where creativity can show it's superior to money.
greenie_breizh: (kiss)
Another part of IFMagazine's article on Mutant Enemy Day.

And ha! Metaquotes has something on what teachers can do to try and get their students to turn off their phone before coming to class. It's pretty awesome. ^^

Randomly I came across the poster for Ken Loach's Ae Fond Kiss; I hadn't seen this version before and boy, it's a thousand times better than the one we got in France.

Seeing the poster reminded me of how much I liked the movie, and going on the net looking for pictures made me happy. I really love this one and this one in particular.

It reminded me that I hope they show Ken Loach's latest (It's a free world) around here somewhere. How come I don't have more of his movies on DVD? That's the kind of DVDs I really want to own, so I can share them with people. And depress everyone around me. (I still need to see so much of his filmography, actually...)

Tomorrow should be interesting: we're organizing a Sushi Night with work. We had 20 people signed up on Tuesday, and today when I came in at work, I learned we know have 50 people. o_O
greenie_breizh: (random4)
Americans, don't watch TV on Tuesday night (January 15).

Of course, doesn't really matter if you don't have a ratings (Nielsen) box, but you can do it for the idea of it.
greenie_breizh: (political)
iF Magazine has an article about ME Day which gives snippets of some of the ME peeps on the strike.

Comparing Republican candidates to Buffy villains and for some, it's scarily appropriate.

The studio United Artists has struck a deal with the WGA. That's huge, and might encourage other studios to cut reasonable side deal.
greenie_breizh: (my united states)
Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart are returning to production Jan. 7. Without their writers. Obviously there are mixed feelings amongst fans.

I'm personally kind of disappointed, mostly because Stewart and Colbert have been so silent since the strike started. I wish we knew exactly what's been going, why they've made that decision, and what kind of pressures and power play have been going on.
greenie_breizh: (political)

First... AN family doctor? AN??? My English-as-a-Second-Language heart HURTS.

So yeah, this is actually from the AMPTP campaign to turn public opinion against the writers. I first read about it on wga_supporters, and by far the best response to the post is the one [ profile] meyerlemon came up with:

The average working WGA writer
makes more than an[sic] Family Doctor
...that's why the AMPTP supports health care reform.

Way to turn it around, and in a very true way, unfortunately. It's not that the writers are privileged little bastards for trying to protect whatever few benefits they might have - it's that the majority of America should be on strike right now complaining about the way workers are treated in that country. What the writers are asking for is ridiculous in the grand scheme of things. And the fact that they might still be better off than other professions? Just says there's something frankly fucked up about the way America rewards its workers.

EDIT: About the ad itself - I don't know any of the numbers, but something important to keep in mind, especially when dealing with an industry such as Hollywood where inequalities are intensified: averages are easy to use but can be misleading. If you have one person earning $100 and another one earning $1,000,000 per year, the average earning per year of that group will be $50050, which... doesn't exactly represent very well the reality of the dude earning $100/year.
greenie_breizh: (political)
WGA Strike Primer: Understanding Misunderstanding.

An excellent article on the issues underlying the strike and what forces are at play. Read to the end!
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)
Originally posted on whedonesque, as usual.

"Well, the great Boston Rally and Sneezetoberfest of aught seven is officially over. It was fun, and daunting, and galvinizing, and righteous and signy. I just want to say thanks to Jaime "Rob" Paglia for putting it togther and herding me through it, and to Rob "Actual Rob" Kutner for being funny and knowing facts about stuff. And of course, to the organizational peeps, too numerous to namify, who were organized and gracious and fun all day.

And the couple hundred fans, supporters and concerned citizens who showed up and marched with us through the snowy streets of Cambridge. It's very different than marching in L.A. -- people in L.A. all expect to see it, and they're in their cars. Here people stood on the street as we swarmed past, wondering what was up, and sometimes, gratifyingly, even bothering to find out. It was a great place to be.

(And I have to toss a little shoutout to MySerenity, who made me all melty both on the day and in her post. You could pretty much put that post on my tombstone and I'd be proud. Thanks.)

Well, I'm certain that by the time I land in L.A., the AMPTP will have gotten wind of our east coast uprising and caved on all our demands, including but not limited to the soon-to-be-watershed Dragon issue. Bu if I'm overly optimistic, I do know that this Rally was exactly what I and my peers needed -- a shot of adrenaline, sense of soldiarity outside our palmy environs, and a chance to tell you all over and over how grateful and resolved we are, thanks to you-know-who. (I mean you guys. What are you, slow?) If we have to take it to the streets of other cities, we will.

We will not be taking it to streets of Canada just now: this is about our community, and "we can do it cheaper in Canada" is not really the message we're looking to send to our sister Unions. But we appreciate the support.

Last thing: Another fave homemade sign: "We support the volumey text writers." Ahh, happier, more musical and less strikey days...

Thanks you all. Back to the picket lines! -j."

I'm less and less hopeful this strike will be resolved soon. Ironically as a French citizen with her fair share of experience when it comes to strike, it's absolutely incomprehensible how people can be talking about the strike being likely to last for another three months. Is the negotiation table just a Christmas ornament??

That said, I wish I could have been back in Cambridge taking the streets with Joss and the others. Might have brought back nice memories of demonstrating in favor of same-sex marriage back in 2004.

EDIT: Silly me, I didn't add the link to a bit of the speech he did in Boston.
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)
Am finishing up applications and EXTREMELY nervous about forgetting to send a document and having my application be dismissed because of that. Which by the way is why I'm hating my French university right now - I have tried contacting them via email (like they told my dad I should do when he called them) to get them to send my transcripts and their translation, and I have gotten no response. I don't know if they've read the email, if they've sent the transcripts (and if they thought about attaching a translation), if they don't give a fuck, nothing. Oh, the beauty of an underfunded educational system. There are advantages to paying over $5,000 for a single school year.

Am even more nervous to hear back from Sylvia about my first draft for my prospectus (statement of intent/research proposal thing), but I'm trying not to think about that.

Either way, it should be all be good and ready for posting by Monday night. At least the Phillips stuff.

In geeky activist news, reports of the Boston TV Party where Joss spoke have started springing up, and photos make me miss Massachusetts (you know you want me back, MA, YOU KNOW IT) (also, Joss, this is no weather for a Boston cap, it's time for a toque!!!). I do wish I could have been there. Hey, at this rate, the strike will still be going on by next year, so I might get a chance. -_- (And how cool is that kid whose mom had him skip school so he could be an active citizen? Yay! That's so me and my son in twenty years. *nodnod*)

And if you're interested, here are stats about the pencil campaign and which fandoms have been sending the most pencils. Joss comes second, and what's really amazing about this? Is that Joss doesn't even have a show on the air right now. He's just that awesome.
greenie_breizh: (joss is boss)
A video relating Mutant Enemy Day - Part 1.

Coverage of ME Day by CBR (including an adorable bit about Joss's son) and by IGN.

Pencil delivery to the studios! Features Joss Whedon who's clearly making a new career of activism. Can't say I don't like it. :)

Will be uploading more photos of the strike tonight. Look out for a post over at [ profile] holdlifestill!

EDIT: Joss posts again! (Oh, to be in Boston this week.)
greenie_breizh: (can I marry you?)
While I have a conflicted love/hate relationship with my Buffy paper right now, I am absolutely and undeniably in love with Joss Whedon.

"Second, we're a week away from Mutant Enemy Picket day! Since the AMPTP have generously offered us a thimble of sputum in exchange foreverything written ever, I think it's fair to say it won't be a picnic."

"Get the word out, remind everyone that corporate greed (it's nothing but) is hurting everyone in this country."

"We get a lot of flack for being well-fed, glamorous, rich and powerful. We've worked hard to dispel that stereotype but in fact, a select few of us are wealthy and influential. And we have the support of some of the most famous and beloved (and wealthy and influential) people in the country: TV and movie stars! So the fact that the studios feel perfectly comfortable SPITTING IN OUR FACES in front of the whole world cannot bode well for any other union that works under them -- or under anyone who sees how easy it is to deny the basic rights of workers even so public as we. This is bad for writers, bad for actors, teamsters, teachers, nurses, dockworkers... the shape of this country is changing. The middle class is being squeezed out. We're trundling back to the middle ages, people, and all we can do is lie there and take it. But of course, that's not what's going to happen."

This. THIS is why I want to be down in L.A. on ME Day. Because this isn't really about the writers to me. It's about what sort of society we choose to live in. It's about realizing that this isn't an isolated struggle of few rich people, it's larger than that. It's about the way we do business, about the way we value work (as opposed to capital), about collective responsibility (and community) vs. individualism, about the dramatic inequalities we are ready to accept or not. Joss's anger in that post is uplifting to me, because we need to be angry. We need to be angry and fight back.

I pray that America opens its eyes to this so that something can truly snap, so that something can truly change.

Less angry and inspiring, but still awesome, Joss again.
greenie_breizh: (language)
I know, I know, I should be working on my paper. But! French writers supporting the WGA!

It makes me smile, for no reason really. I guess I just miss my country sometimes.


Nov. 26th, 2007 08:30 am
greenie_breizh: (political)
For a nice start (in my case) to your day... I posted yesterday a link to a Speechless video, and now I found a link to a whole website!! They've already produced twelve videos (I like ep 8), with lots of different actors. The latest one has everybody in it, and I love the music (if anyone knows what that song is, I'd love to know!):

Heee Matthew Perry! And lots of other cool people. Nathan Fillion, where are you? ^^
greenie_breizh: (random1)
I just turned in my first digital paper! Yep, was the highlight of my day - my life's so exciting. (And btw, that's not true, my day was better than just that.)

I've been firming up L.A. plans, though I'm still waiting to buy my bus tickets. Right now I have a picket line to join to support writers, a plunge to take to raise awareness about climate change, a midnight screening of Serenity to attend, and a Power Animal gig to go to. It's going to be a busy trip, but it should be fun!

I've caught up on shows, and this week was really good. I've been watching most shows for nothing but entertainment. I'm involved with the storylines and the characters, but pretty superficially so - as in I enjoy the shows while I watch them, but they don't get under my skin, y'know? I don't think about them once the episode is over, and until I have the next one to watch. But this week Grey's really took me in, which was the point I guess, since it's a two-parter, and I really can't wait for this week's episode. The best was Dexter though - I found myself awwing at the screen in a way I hadn't while watching a TV show in a while. Like I was genuinely delighted for the characters and I love that, it's an awesome feeling. The main plotline's got me hooked, too, and I really can't wait to see what happens in this week's episode. Of course, it's not that I'm really getting into it that the season's going to end! *g*

I haven't been so good about posting links and strike stuff lately, mostly because I've been busy with the term papers so I've not had a chance to catch up really regularly. I will mention that if you haven't yet, you should buy a few pencil boxes - they're trying to reach half a million pencils and they're a little over halfway there!

I...had a WGA video called "Who's on the line" that I wanted to share, but it's been removed from Youtube. I don't know why. :/ I can't still share this one, though! It's a short movie with David Schwimmer and Kate Beckinsale. :)


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