Not being much of a TV watcher, and having no cable access, I must admit that the writer’s strike hasn’t really affected me. Still, I had to see what John Stewart and Steven Colbert had to say about the ordeal of them crossing the picket lines and returning to the air waves, sans writing staff. Seeing as I have no cable, I of course checked out the comedy central web site. This simple action cuts right down to what the strike is about. I watched their content, Comedy Central made their money by advertising a credit card, a new movie and a new [adult swim] video game , and the writers believe (justly, in my opinion) that they deserve a cut for their work on the content that I watched. As of 10:40 AM PST, the first clip from Jon Stewart’s temporarily retitled A Daily Show has accrued 64,496 views (and is currently growing at roughly 100 hits a minute).
Meanwhile, Daily Show writer (and Chico expat) Jason Ross’s YouTube video, which tells their side of the story (in a very Daily Show manner) has garnered over 500,000 hits. Check it out. Make Google some money.