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DNA Nation raises questions of genetics, identity and race. DNA Nation/SBS

DNA Nation raises tough questions for Indigenous Australians

The SBS documentary DNA Nation tracks three people on their 'individual genetic journey'. But for Indigenous Australians in particular, genetic testing is a can of worms - politically, ethically and technically.
Deals between metro and regional television networks are paving the way for future mergers if the media reach rules are changed. AAP/Tracey Nearmy

Television agreement a WIN for Network Ten

A new affiliation between Network Ten and WIN may have been forced, but it opens the way for possible future mergers.
The creator of Neighbours has passed away at 92…past and present cast members take a selfie at the 30th anniversary party in 2015. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

Five ways Reg Grundy changed Australian TV (for better or worse)

Reg Grundy, who has died at 92, was an Australian TV mogul who never owned a TV station. He did for TV content what Ford did for car production - marketing a product of proven appeal to people around the world.
We might celebrate diversity at the Logies, but the event still deserves a healthy skepticism. Joe Castro/AAP

The Logies: a yearly advertisement for Australian TV

In the age of boutique TV, binge watching, and data drops of entire series, it is easy to forget the dominant function of television: the broadcasting of a stream of advertisements directly into the living…
Both Hamlet and ‘True Detective’’s Rust Cohle make audiences wonder whether they’re deserving of sympathy or blame. Nick Lehr/The Conversation

In today’s most popular shows, Shakespeare’s iconic characters live on

The psychological complexity of Shakespeare's characters has rendered them timeless. Today, we see The Bard's influence in shows like 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective.'
When it comes to TV use energy, calling one household ‘average’ can be misleading. Evert F. Baumgardner - National Archives and Records Administration.

TV-watching couch potatoes have outsized energy footprint

People who watch a lot of TV consume a disproportionate amount of electricity so we should tailor energy efficiency incentive programs to these and other big energy users.

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