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A magical dreamscape: Knighton Wood, Epping Forest, London. Still taken from the Imaginative Storytelling Experiences Documentary

How retro storytelling can help boost imaginative capacity

The 1980s cult show Fat Tulip's Garden fuelled the creativity of its young viewers. But in a digital age, are children less exposed to this kind of absurdist, performative storytelling?
Seventy real horses mixed with the fake to create the chaos of battle. Iloura

How Game of Thrones’ Emmy-award-winning battle scene was made

An Australian VFX company has won an Emmy for its work on season six of Game of Thrones. Over eight months a team of 120 pulled out every trick in the book to create the visceral 'Battle of the Bastards'.
The Starship Enterprise, the famed setting of the original ‘Star Trek’ series, was almost lost to the graveyard of failed pilots. alanoodle.com

How ‘Star Trek’ almost failed to launch

With a pilot that was deemed too complex and cerebral, 'Star Trek' looked dead in the water. Fifty years later, we look back at the show's rocky beginnings.
Despite its appeal to working-class viewers, the concept of the celebrity chef is built on inequality. AAP/Network Seven

You can’t eat with us! When the working class meet high-end cooking shows

Cooking shows like Zumbo's Just Desserts tout their self-taught, working-class contestants. But most of their audience is more likely to be cleaning the set than blast-chilling a croquembouche.
The 1972 Panasonic Toot-a-Loop portable radio was inspired by rotary phones and designed to be worn around the wrist.

Briefcase phones, bracelet radios and other obsolete design gems

Here's to the Kodak camera, the transistor TV, the portable typewriter and other casualties of a throwaway age. They may be old hat but they are objects of beauty, as a new exhibition shows.
Is the success of The Bachelor based on the spectacle of women psychologically tearing each other down for entertainment? AAP Image/Network Ten

How The Bachelor turns women into misogynists

The Bachelor, like most reality TV, thrives on drama. But its particular style of conflict illustrates an uncomfortable point: women can easily be sexist against other women.
Ba-da-da-dum, dum-dum…the jingles, theme songs and commercials that stick in your head. ABC TV

TV’s top ten ear worms, from a television tragic

Australian television turns 60 this year, so we're celebrating classic TV tunes of the fifties and sixties – those theme songs and jingles you can't get out of your head.
A TV cameraman shoots a Madame Tussauds Museum figure of US Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps at Banneker Pool in Washington, to coincide with the opening of the Rio Olympics on August 5. Gary Cameron/Reuters

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics

Business Briefing: the big bucks of broadcasting the Olympics. The Conversation16 MB (download)
The amount broadcasters will pay for the rights to the Olympics keeps going up, but is the value of the rights changing?

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