Hollywood screenwriters are on the verge of another strike, with health care benefits emerging as a major sticking point in contract negotiations – and in a somewhat ironic twist, the writers’ own efforts to promote the passage of Obamacare in 2009 may have contributed to the precarious predicament in which they find themselves today.
Hollywood is on the verge of a massive boycott. And the Oscars may be the tipping point.
Film and media critics are as miserably out of touch with Middle America as their political pundit brethren.
Imagine a world where an Internet “machine” allows you to own any song, free of charge. After a certain amount of time, year after year, free song after free song, the populace will grow to think music is free. It will learn to expect music to be free. They’ll even begin to believe that music should be free. As by far the largest music streamer, that is what YouTube has been doing to music for the better part of a decade – designing an environment, intentionally or not, that is slowly killing the incentive for one of man’s most influential creative outputs.
It seems hard to imagine that the winner of the 2016 Presidential Election will not also win another important race… the social media race. In today’s hyper-connected world, the candidate that inspires enough of the population to eventually win the election will likely also have excited enough of the public to “follow” her or him on their various social media networks.