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Todd Dills

Writers and teamsters

| November 08, 2007

In this IGN Entertainment article on the Hollywood writers’ strike, Judd Apatow, writer-director of the movies iKnocked Up and iThe 40-Year-Old Virgin, explains why writers are sore they aren’t getting money from new media such as digital downloads

Here’s how I would explain it. If you’re a teamster, you get paid to drive a truck. But if someone invents a new kind of truck, and you’re still driving it, you should still get paid. … We’re switching trucks at this point. But if someone comes up with a three-wheel truck, you’re still driving!

We preserved the lowercased “>teamster,” as IGN had it, as a generic synonym for “truck driver,” but we suspect Apatow mean Teamster as in the union. Does anyone in the United States refer to teamsters anymore, as opposed to Teamsters?

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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