Part 3 of a series.
How lucky are the poor for they will inherit the kingdom of heaven! Of course they will be dead by then, as I understand the way this works, but still its something to look forward to. They will have an opportunity before that to learn new skills and work in new industries! This is America so anything could happen. They could learn to clean out old sewage lines while their wife and children work in under-regulated garment production, showing great initiative by working 12 hours a day 7 days a week for less than minimum wage. You know, like minority groups in this country have to do. Their children could drop out of school and help support their parents by programming stupid web pages for the Internet. Anything could happen because this is America and both initiative and hard work are ALWAYS rewarded, I hear.
The companies that went under were not always the nicest companies, made up of decent human beings, or anything like that. These are/were fairly vicious competitors in a field that shows or showed no mercy. So they got outmaneuvered and destroyed by structural elements beyond their control, but some of that is their responsibility for failing to deal with the political issues. We should not weep bitter tears for them. These companies were for the most part not centers of idealism, good will or progressive anything. Most of them were snake pits of politics to say the least.
6. Failure to organize was a strategic mistake and you lost.
The failure of the digital artists to organize and stand up for their rights, to get the government to pay attention to them the way their British, N. Zealand and Canadian comrades were able to, led inevitably to the doom of the American worker in this industry. See what "not making waves" gets you. To this day the American worker, the so-called "digital artist", still have not organized. Of course, at this point getting organized probably would not help, but it couldn't hurt. Compromised, confused, and unwilling to do the right thing, so now they suffer what the "free market", quote end quote, under Mercantilism (I mean Globalization, excuse me, I must have forgotten), buys them: a one way trip to the unemployment line. (1)
7. Why not emigrate ?
Why not apply for a junior position in England? Sell your house, leave your kids, or uproot them from school, live in a shared, shitty apartment in London. After spending 20 years of your life working your way up in the field, you are now unemployed and unemployable in an industry that arguably you helped invent. Why not apply? What do you have to lose? You might get the job. Maybe. Probably not, though.
In Hearts of Darkness by Joseph Conrad, our narrator says to himself, "He wanted no more than justice. No more than justice!"
Grow up, you're in Hollywood now, and this is what we call justice in this town.
The previous posts in this series are at
Part one: Vast Government Subsidies are as American as Apple Pie
Part two: Recent Events in International Finance and Visual Effects
1. A corollary to this is the failure of "magical thinking". I have had 20 year professionals in the field tell me with a straight face that studios were going to start giving points of their films to visual effects studios "just because". Thats just crazy, completely disconnected from reality. Thats my point, the so called digital artists here, who along with the local production companies are now unemployed, are guilty of the worst kind of magical thinking.