JVoices Announces End to Its Own Writers’ Strike

I recently engaged in some good-natured ribbing of the lefty blog JVoices over its announcement that it would cease publishing for the duration of the writers’ strike as an act of solidarity. I may have thought the JVoices gesture was a little bit silly, but, I must confess, I never expected that the big Hollywood studios and TV networks would manage to break the will of the obscure yet determined blog.

Now, though, JVoices mastermind Cole Krawitz has announced that his blog’s writers — like America’s late-night talk-show hosts — are headed back to work:

Before you get out your giant inflatable rats, you should know that JVoices isn’t giving up the fight. It’s just shifting strategies, exchanging its “strength–generating conversation” of “silence in solidarity” for “an innovative and fresh idea to show our support for the writers on strike.”

JVoices explained its new tactic with a press release titled, “‘JVoices’ Jewish Blog to Pay Writers 8 Cents”:

The question, though, is who will blog for such a pittance? The answer, I fear, is that someone will now open a sweatshop in some Third World country where workers will be forced to put in 16-hour days churning out blog posts full of grand and ineffectual gestures of solidarity for submission to JVoices. I just hope nobody gets too upset if JVoices decides to switch course and call off its payment program early.

UPDATE: Well, one man’s silly statement is another man’s meaningful gesture. A WGA member comments on JVoices that he appreciates the 8 cents gesture, writing “it means so much to us Writers Guild members that community members have been supportive of our fight for a fair contract. And it is particularly meaningful when our fellow writers support us. Your ‘8 cents’ plan is the kind of thing that helps keep us going on the picket lines.”

Also, I should clarify, I was just being cheeky when I wrote “who will blog for such a pittance?” The answer, of course — if one were to take my query at face value — would be almost everyone who blogs, as a commenter on this post helpfully notes.

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