Contestants Sonya Mefaddi and Hadil Faiza were asked to leave My Kitchen Rules after threatening another team. Sonya later spoke of how she had been bullied as a child.
Bullying is a serious public health problem. Yet too often, reality TV shows trade in insults and name calling.
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Many people dismiss the reality format as rubbish, but the shows and the social media discussion they promote are an important indicator of public opinion on vital issues.
The 2018 cast of Love Island.
Reality TV shows depicting relationships are popular, but a tolerance of abusive behaviour is also being exposed to a wide audience – including younger viewers.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season ten.
RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its tenth season, is an extraordinary success. But the show valorises a specific form of masculinity and is still grappling with a rapidly changing discourse around gender.
Exploitative reality show or a modern-day Jane Austen? You decide.
Should disabled competitors be judged on the same criteria as their able-bodied rivals when it comes to dance competitions?
The Shahrouk family bring Lebanese food to Family Food Fight.
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There are more people of Middle Eastern heritage on Australian commercial TV than ever before - in drama, cooking, and Gogglebox.
How incriminating is your Instagram feed?
Should reality stars be warned that everything they say can and will be used against them in a court of law? Turns out, it's complicated.
A new study looks at the amount of television voters consumed, and whether this influenced their support for Donald Trump.
Gogglebox, where you watch people watching TV.
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Cult TV show Gogglebox is more than light entertainment: it shows the diverse reality of Australian English, going beyond stereotypes about what Australians sound like.
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Contemporary television is replete with gruesome tests of survival, charting our obsession with what modern man has lost.
Donald and Melania Trump centre stage on inauguration night, with family members in the background.
Kim Kardashian et al taught Trump everything he knows.
Ten Muslims but none with exactly the same beliefs or values.
Reality television is never going to properly portray the true experiences of Muslims in Britain.
I'm an edible invertebrate ... get me away from there.
You’re fired! Donald Trump shouts his catch-phrase at a 2006 casting call for The Apprentice.
How does Donald Trump, the son of a millionaire, manage to be an 'outsider'? A clue might be found in The Apprentice, a melodrama which uses exaggerated emotion to tell the story of an underdog overcoming adversity.
Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry flexes during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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Many decry 'superteams' like the NBA's Golden State Warriors as bad for the sport. But psychology research shows that they also make us more likely to watch – and bask in the joy of seeing them fail.
On the set in Soweto of a makeover television show.
TV talk and makeover shows have a preference for spectacle and conflict. But new collaborative models may be the future.
A woman waits backstage during the recording of the dating show ‘Meet you on Saturday.’
In only 30 years, a generations-old system of arranged marriages has been completely upended.
Channel Nine has been criticised for surprising participants with an ethical dilemma.
The Briefcase, Channel Nine
Since 2015, Australia has no regulations specifically for reality television. With controversy swirling around Channel Nine's 'The Briefcase', what exactly is allowed?
Muhammad Ali pictured in Germany in 1976.
The boxer's death follows hard on the heels of David Bowie and Prince. The world is losing global icons and learning how to grieve using new and democratic tools.