I've heard a lot about the Screen Writer's Guild going on strike in Hollywood this week, and how some TV shows are going to have to shut down production as a result.
I was listening to the morning show on 99X on Thursday, and the participants were talking about how the Fox TV show, "24," may not be able to finish what was supposed to happen this season -- until next season.
I have mixed feelings about the effect the strike will likely have on Hollywood.
On one hand, I feel bad for the behind-the-scenes people who are responsible for putting these shows together. They are essentially out of work.
On the other hand, this strike could be the best thing to happen to America. The people who live in this county can put down their remote controls and seek entertainment elsewhere, for a change.
No, I'm not talking about watching a piano-playing cat on YouTube. I'm talking about an opportunity for Americans to get reacquainted with good, solid music.
Oh yeah, they can read a newspaper more often, too.
Music is one of those timeless discoveries of mankind, like fire, when it's not being used to burn someone's house to the ground. Music can evoke nearly the full range of human emotions, such as joy, when we hear a dance tune, or rage, when heavy metal is played, or pain, when Paris Hilton released her song, "The Stars Are Blind."
That is so not hot.
The thing is, music actually causes a reaction from a person, which is more than TV shows, such as "Flavor of Love," can accomplish. Don't get me wrong, "Flavor of Love" is entertaining as a highlight reel of short clips involving a dirty old man, wearing a Viking helmet, while showing off his golden grill, sitting in a hot tub with 20 scantily clad vixens. It's just not good quality television, though.
I don't walk away from a reality show, which we will probably see plenty of because of the strike, feeling like my life has been enriched in any way. I don't even walk away from these shows feeling like I've gotten much entertainment out of the experience.
With that said, I am looking forward to an event which will take place a month from now. I recently got my tickets to one of those radio station-sponsored holiday rock concerts. My favorite band, Modest Mouse, is going to be the headline act at this particular concert.
I'm really excited about this, because I've never gotten to see Modest Mouse perform live. I don't know what it's like to hear songs, such as "Karma Payment Plan," "The World at Large" and "Tiny Cities Made of Ash," performed live.
I don't want to hear any jokes about one of my favorite Modest Mouse songs, "Dashboard," though. I have repeatedly said it was an accident when I left that sandwich to cook on my dashboard over the summer.
If I haven't said it before, I'll say it now: I did NOT eat that sandwich. That is a vicious lie circulating in the Clayton News Daily newsroom. The sandwich was thrown out without touching my mouth.
If a wild animal ate it and got sick, though, it's not my fault.
Getting back to my point, though, I'm not going to be hurting because the Screen Writer's Guild went on strike. I've got music to keep me company. I won't even go into the fact of Christmas being on the horizon, which means we can expect the annual resurrection of Christmas carols to happen any day now.
The screen writers can strike until their little hearts are content, but don't expect much sympathy from this writer. I'm going to rock it while they picket.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.