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THIS WRITERS' STRIKE FEELS LIKE A RERUN FROM 1988

New Technology Is Still
Big Issue, and Viewers
Could Be Lost Forever

(The Wall Street Journal, Nov. 12, 2007) (Link to story on wsj.com)

by SAM SCHECHNER

Nineteen years ago, when the Writers Guild of America last called a strike, television was still in its Pleistocene Era. DVDs, the Internet, time-shifting and ad-zapping didn't exist. Cable and home video were still relatively new. "The Cosby Show" was No. 1. And much of the cast of "Gossip Girl" was barely out of diapers.

But the underlying issues in the strike were pretty much the same as they are this time. ...

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