I'm finding myself losing more and more sympathy for writers as this goes on. You make a very valid point about its effects on those that aren't writers. For example, how many behind-the-scenes types who have families to support, mortgages to pay, groceries to buy and no money to do any of it by being out of work because the writers want more money and aren't willing to even negotiate reasonbly for it. Let's be honest, they're a little old to be playing 'so-and-so did it first!'. More and more I'm hoping the writers get bitchslapped with a lawsuit after all of this.