Writers Strike Schmiters Strike – It’s All Online

Like most Americans I enjoy a little bit of television. There always seems to be at least a show or two that has caught my interest. Usually, I am into comedy, but I have been known to watch Lost a couple of times.

One of my favorite shows is The Office. The show cracks me up. If laughter is the best medicine, you could argue that The Office is prescription strength. With no new episodes recently, I haven’t been too disappointed in the reruns. Amazingly you can still find a couple of new things to laugh at, even when you’ve watched a 20 minute (after commercials) show for the third time.

This season The Office has been running commercials encouraging people to go to DunderMifflinInfinity.com. This is NBC’s official social networking site for The Office. Yeah, yeah, all you fans out there already know this. So what are you getting to, Duncan?

I guess I just wanted to point out that while the Writers Guild of America strike has prevented us fans from seeing new episodes of our favorite shows, there’s been nothing to stop the networks and fans from continuing the love between each other.

DunderMifflinInfinity.com has so much content it would take you hours to go through it all. And much of what’s there adds to the laughter that starts on a Thursday night. At this point I can interact with the show 24-7-365. I can hit blogs about The Office and meet other people. We can compare notes, argue, laugh more, and even get up to the minute news on all of our favorite actors associated with the show. Most blogs and even the corporate DunderMifflinInfinity.com have new content posted as recently as yesterday.

We can watch shows online, and interact with shows online. How much do we miss the writers now that we the fans are doing our own fair share of writing? We can laugh on our own. How empowering.

Is there a lesson here? I’m not sure. I’d love to hear from any on strike writers if they are willing to chime in. Networks and fans alike are welcome to comment. Is this strike as meaningful now that we have the Internet?