Sporting events like the Winter Olympics are one of TV’s most valuable products.
Olympics have often provided the impetus for large-scale broadcasting innovations, such as when TV was introduced in Australia to broadcast the 1956 Games.
Neuroscientists have been scanning the brains of select Super Bowl viewers to see how they’re reacting to the commercials that air.
Companies are now tracking how consumers react on social media to Super Bowl ads. They’re also studying how the brain responds to them. Could personalized Super Bowl ads be on the horizon?
Onlookers watch missiles launch in the 1983 made-for-TV film ‘The Day After.’
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In 1983, a made-for-TV film about the consequences of nuclear war was watched by 100 million people – and became a cultural lightning rod.
Consolidation is happening at a rapid pace. But who will bear the brunt of the costs?
In the coming year, media companies will be adjusting to a new reality – one that ultimately leaves consumers with fewer choices.
Do we really want one conglomerate to control so much of the media landscape?
Disney's veneer of innocence shouldn't distract people from recognizing the danger of giving one conglomerate the power to control so much information.
Bizarrely, a 2014 telemovie on the life of the transgender performer Carlotta featured Jessica Marais, pictured on the right with Anita Hegh, playing her.
A recent study found only two transgender characters appeared in TV dramas from 2011-2015. When will our television screens reflect a more diverse world?
New research shows Muslims are more negatively portrayed in the media than other groups.
New research reveals that about half of opinion pieces in mainstream newspapers and television are so racist they potentially breach industry codes of conduct.
Should you be worried that tech giants are making huge investments in cultural content?
Movies from the “neo-noir” genre offer a darker and bleaker vision of the city, in stark contrast to the world of the TV sit-com.
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Movies often portray the city as a dystopia, particularly in the 'neo-noir' genre, which explores postmodern themes. TV shows and ads present an altogether sunnier picture of life in the city.
Ian Hanomansing, left, and Adrienne Arsenault are part of a new four-person anchor format that will be used by The National newscast on CBC.
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The CBC has unveiled its revamped flagship news show, "The National," with a brand new four-anchor format. The role of the news anchor has changed dramatically over the last 20 years.
In Africa, communication technologies have been used in education since the late 1960s.
Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
Bachelorette Sophie Monk with this year’s contestants.
The Bachelorette might appear to be a progressive alternative to The Bachelor, but it is actually doing nothing for women when male bonds are central to its drama.
Kathryn Bigelow: leading lady in film directing.
Women change working cultures – and as the Harvey Weinstein allegations show, Hollywood is badly in need of it.
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime.
Astronauts traveling to Mars and beyond would face serious psychological challenges. A well-designed media program – based on an old-fashioned schedule – might help make life at least a bit easier.
A couple watch film footage of the Vietnam war on a television in their living room.
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After footage from America's first 'living room war' shocked the public, the government would clamp down on media coverage of future military conflicts.
‘Assault on Fort Sanders’ by Kurz & Allison (1891).
Those calling it slavery fan fiction are ignoring the long, nuanced tradition of articles and films that wonder what would have happened if the South had won.
Claire Danes as CIA agent Carrie Mathison in Homeland: in one episode, she stops taking her medication in order to solve the puzzle of who is attempting to kill her.
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A spate of recent TV shows feature protagonists whose mental health condition gives them special skills. But these are often accessed by rejecting medication.
RackaRacka, a sketch channel on YouTube, have been called Australia’s most successful content creators.
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Online video is flourishing in Australia with very little government attention. Content creators like Youtube channel RackaRacka are getting millions of viewers, numbers the traditional screen industry can only dream of.
To pitch an alternative timeline, you first have to believe a particular narrative of real history. That's where things can go wrong.
Hang on mum, I’m just catching up on The Conversation.
Technology enables many ways of interacting. We need to be more specific and scientific.