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Hollywood writers strike a blow for the climate

By Joe Romm

"Hollywood writers strike a blow for the climate"

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tv.gifOkay, you’re annoyed you can’t watch 24 or a full season of House or The Office — and yes, A Daily Show is kind of lame these days. But on the bright side, as a UK Times headline notes:

Viewers turned off by Hollywood writers strike ‘may never switch TV on again’

Yet, as is so typical of the MSM traditional media, they completely missed the real story — the connection to global warming: Turning TVs off equals using less electricity equals emitting less carbon dioxide.

How much less?

American TV networks have lost almost a quarter of their audiences because of the Hollywood writers’ strike, according to new figures, and executives fear that “orphaned” viewers may never return.

Now I know what you’re thinking: Joe is off his meds again Joe, what about the substitution effect? Won’t people just do something else that uses energy? And indeed the article says,

Writers as well as studios are worried that lost viewers may never return to TV, instead finding new ways to entertainment themselves, such as YouTube, Facebook or video games. The most recent figures show that YouTube has had an 18 per cent surge in traffic, while visitor numbers to other websites, such as Crackle, have seen doubled, albeit from small bases.

But first of all most people leave their PCs on all the time anyway, or they have one of those flying toaster climate-destroyers screen savers. Second of all, many people are multi-tasking when they watch TV — blogging, checking emails, playing their Game Boy [I mean seriously, who could possibly watch Las Vegas and do nothing else at the same time -- give the public some credit, people!]

Now if we could only get the reality TV show writers and staff to strike….

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3 Responses to Hollywood writers strike a blow for the climate

  1. Ben says:

    I think that after baseball had the strike they had real problems getting people to come back.

  2. Will this icebreaker even have job when it’s finally built?

  3. davidcobb says:

    Yeah, probably on the hudson river if solar scientist are right.