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LA is a desert

2009-09-28 22:24:39.801898+00 by Dan Lyke 2 comments

Jim Hillen: Los Angeles is a desert, on the loss of creative work from the LA area, and the importance of maintaining rights and creative control when you put your heart into your work.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-29 14:02:55.914389+00 by: JT

It seems this isn't just an issue with animation. I'd imagine there are a lot of people trying to develop products, making them in their garage, and then moving production to factories to meet demand, and then overseas to help their bottom line. Companies like Dell or Regina are the exception to the rule now. Although parts of their operations have been moved overseas, a lot of the manufacturing and actual assembly is still done in Los Estados Unidos. Much like the auto industry making parts in Canada and Mexico.

Blue collar jobs seem to be too expensive in the US, whether working in a forge or an animation mill. Between high wages and benefits, higher taxes, more regulation, and even more expensive materials used to manufacture products. I like listening to politicians talking about giving tax cuts to the people who create jobs... but the only thing that seems to create jobs in the US lately are in the banking industry. It's hard to find any company willing to cut into their bottom lines in order to bring jobs to their own state or region... especially for the blue collar workers that have been given the shaft over the last decade or five.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-09-29 17:21:57.829422+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, I think this is one data point in a long string of places where our culture has let the leeches and rentiers suck the value out of productive activity and sent it screaming elsewhere. Don't know what the solution is, but I sure can point at the problem and jump up and down.