Strikers use YouTube

The screen writers strike out in the USA appears to have taken a curious twist - the use of YouTube to canvass support for their campaign.

An article on the BBC News website (Entertainment) has several YouTube videos embedded in the story.

The videos are believed to cover:

- a mock news bulletin from a New York picket line

- what striking writers are doing to make ends meet - activities that range from flipping burgers to male prostitution

- a strike-breaking member of the Writers Guild of America (WGA) is accosted in a coffee house by two members of the non-existent "Writers Guild Police".

Further analysis in the article suggests what purpose the messages serve for the strikers, i.e. a new and creative way of communicating a sense of grievance to anyone who is willing to listen:

So what are the studios and producers themselves saying? Not much. Nothing at all, in fact.

No doubt they would be happy to answer the strikers' claims with viral videos of their own - if, of course, they had anyone to write them.

In fact, it is the writers themselves who are putting their point of view across - in as satirical a fashion as possible, naturally.

For more details and to see a selection of the protest videos see Striking US writers get creative by Neil Smith.

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