Thirty years ago this month, the Writers Guild of America went on strike over a dispute regarding residuals. As an unintended consequence of the 1988 strike, reality TV as we know it today was born.
Ten years ago, the WGA were on strike again – in part to try to wrest some official control over the scripting of reality TV. As an unintended consequence of the 2007/08 strike, Donald Trump was given a second chance.
Together, these two strikes have had a profound effect on pop culture, the media and politics, and it’s only in the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida that we are seeing the true extent of it.
This is a long story – one that takes in Fox TV, a crack-addicted baby, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, Kim Kardashian, Gordon Brown, the legend of Al Capone, InfoWars and, regrettably, Piers Fucking Morgan. We’ll be telling it in four parts, one a week for the next four weeks.
The introduction and the first part is here
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