Howard Rodman

Whose lines are they anyway?

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Striking screenwriter Howard Rodman spoke to Socialist Review about challenging the studios over royalties from the "new media".

I believe that the development of "new media" is a technological shift comparable to the advent of TV and home video. But "new media" is a misnomer. I would cite one of my favourite picket line photos: a baby in a stroller with a sign which reads, "It's old media to me." Anyone who has studied this, or lives in a house with a teenager, already knows this. As William Gibson famously said, "The future is already here. It's just unevenly distributed."

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