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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. Tan Zi Han/Shutterstock

Movies and TV choose to tell us different stories about the cities of today

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. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

The new National: Are four TV anchors four times as good as one?

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. Ymagoo/Fondation Orange

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa

Information and communication technologies (ICT) offer new opportunities for improving basic education in Africa.
Deep-space journeys will have plenty of downtime. studiostoks/Shutterstock.com

Secret weapon for space travelers: A steady diet of TV?

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.
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. Teakwood Lane Productions, Cherry Pie Productions, Keshet Broadcasting

Friday essay: TV’s troubling storylines for characters with a mental illness

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. Screenshot from YouTube

Australia’s screen future is online: time to support our new content creators

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.
Sylvester McCoy was Doctor Who in 1987, when Julie Collins appeared as Leader of the Red Kangs in the TV show. BBC films

My time as a ‘scary girl’ on Doctor Who

In the late 1980s, a gang of feisty teenage girls briefly helped the good Doctor. But his female companions were still mostly there to show how clever he was.
Jodie Whittaker as the Doctor. BBC/IMDB

Finally, the first female Doctor Who

Jodie Whittaker will be the 13th, and first female, Doctor Who, an announcement that has been a long time coming.

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