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Donald Trump in the boardroom during an episode of ‘The Apprentice.’ Nick Lehr/The Conversation

Obsessed with reality TV? You may be a narcissist

Studies have shown that since the 1970s, people's scores on the Narcissistic Personality Inventory are rising. Could there be a connection to television consumption?
Contestants from the most recent series of Big Brother toast their success º but is that success killing TV creativity? AAP Image/Nine Network, Big Brother Publicity, Paul Broben

How reality TV killed creativity in television

In the age of the "creative economy", reality programs are dominating Australian TV. The problem is, reality TV is squeezing the creativity out of our screen culture.
The First Contact cast members’ transformation over the series is an optical illusion of Australian race relations. SBS

SBS’s First Contact is the real ‘festering sore’ of the nation

The SBS/Blackfella Films production First Contact – that takes six non-Indigenous people and immerses them into Aboriginal Australia for the first time – captured the nation’s attention this week amassing…
Come play with us. For ever. And ever. And ever. Alex Eylar

Humilitainment – the sorry story of reality TV

Yesterday the Danish Toymaker Lego announced its plans for a reality TV show to be launched in 2015, rumoured to be based on the idea of Master Builders, the top “construction workers” in the insanely…
‘Tranny’ finds a place among many other slurs that have historically hateful roots. Foxtel

RuPaul’s ‘tranny’ debate: the limits and power of language

If you’re a fan of the American reality TV show RuPaul’s Drag Race, currently airing on Foxtel’s Lifestyle You channel in Australia, you’re likely aware of the ongoing storm that has surged around how…
Is it worse to be hated or forgotten as a reality-show contestant? Courtesy of Seven Network

My Kitchen Rules pair are all the rage on social media – for now

The launch of the current series of My Kitchen Rules has undoubtedly been successful, both in terms of television ratings and in capturing a social media audience, clearly winning the battle for the Twitter…

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