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Starting from … Now! tells the story of four women in Sydney. It’s one of many successful web series transforming the TV landscape. Starting from ... Now!

How web series are shaking up Australia’s screen industry

From a supernatural lesbian drama to lipsynching female comedians to a popular You Tube science show, Australian web series are thriving.
Tyler Oakley speaking in California. Gage Skidmore/flickr

How social media stars are fighting for the Left

Content creators with millions of fans are increasingly willing to voice their political views. Their influence on American politics may be in its infancy but it is growing fast.
TV networks are trying to win back cord-cutters. 'Falling TV' via www.shutterstock.com

Could Hulu and Google upend the TV industry in 2017?

Next year Hulu and Google will introduce their own bundled channel services. Will it spark an online TV revolution or simply lead to more of the same?
Even without iPhones, people in the 19th century liked to see how long they could strike a pose and stay frozen. Wikimedia Commons

The Victorian origins of the Mannequin Challenge

Long before smartphones filmed the stiffened appendages of people seeking internet fame, striking a pose was a popular form of entertainment in Victorian England.
Punters cheer at the 2016 Glastonbury Festival. Revenue from live performances is growing. Stoyan Nenov/Reuters

Why music is not lost

In Australia, musicians' total income actually went up last year. While the music industry still faces many challenges, there is now a world-wide push to boost artists' royalties paid by streaming services such as Spotify.
A saxophone player busks in New York: as technology transforms their industry, quite a lot of musicians are leaving the field. Michael Tapp

Friday essay: the loss of music

Whenever you listen to a streamed song, like it but don't buy it and instead stream it again, you are casting a vote for the future nonexistence of professional musicians.

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