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Ryan Blethen discusses the press, media and democracy. Daily Democracy is part of the Democracy Papers, a series of articles, essays and editorial opinion examining threats to our freedoms of speech and the press.

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February 11, 2008 11:29 AM

A temporary reprieve for writers

Posted by Ryan Blethen

It appears the writers strike might come to an end. Members of the Writers Guild of America could vote by tomorrow.

The strike has made TV viewers understand how important writers are to Hollywood's creative process. The strike has also demonstrated how media consolidation has damaged Hollywood. As we here at the Times said in an editorial about the strike in November.

It is good that the writers will be better compensated for the words they string together. I wonder though, how long until they are again feeling the pressure of the media Biggies? America's creative sectors will continue to suffer if Congress and the Federal Communications Commission do nothing to encourage a diversity of views.

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