Sang celebrates self-deprecation and negative emotions, its followers catapulted the unlikely and unenthusiastic singer to the finale of a Chinese boy band show.
Instead of feeling ashamed about our guilty pleasures, it is time to understand how they really work
In the 13 years the show has been on the air, the Kardashians have become a cultural juggernaut shaping culture as we know it.
Action-packed police procedurals can often give audiences the false impression that violent crime excuses the excessive use of force by police.
Television shows about police often perpetuate false narratives about violent crime that excuse police violence.
This week’s landmark legal decision opens a can of worms for television networks.
A landmark ruling that ordered the Seven Network pay a reality TV star compensation could have far-reaching implications for other productions and workplaces.
When Dirty Dancing is reduced to its dance sequences, the powerful politics of the film are erased.
Dirty Dancing's dance sequences are stand-alone properties, famous in their own right. But when they're considered in isolation, the film's messy class, race and gender politics are sidelined.
The RuPaul crew for Drag Race UK.
What started as a showcase for America's drag queens is fast becoming a global sensation.
Astrophysicist Matt Agnew is looking for love on the Bachelor Australia.
Matt Agnew is on the hunt for love as star of the new Bachelor Australia series. But whoever he picks (and he already has, apparently) will have to compete with TESS. So who, or what, is TESS?
The show – and the public's reaction – can tell us a huge amount about how ideas about love and romance have changed over the centuries.
The dominant reading of George Orwell’s dystopian novel, “1984” has been that it was a dire prediction of what could be.
Denis Hamel Côté
In the year 1984, there was self-congratulatory coverage that the dystopia of the novel had not been realized. However, an expert argues that the technologies described in the novel are here and watching us.
Some of the boys and girls in 1964, aged seven.
What started as an experiment in 1964 has become the UK's most successful documentary franchise.
Love Island 2017 stars Amber Davies (centre), Montana Brown (left) and Olivia Attwood (right) celebrating winning the Reality Programme Award at the 2018 TRIC Awards.
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Ordinary people have been getting their 15 minutes of fame on the small screen since the 1940s.
Beauty YouTuber James Charles recently made numerous apology videos following a public feud. Such videos are now so common they have become the subject of parody.
From Steve Smith's tearful apology to anonymous apps like Whisper, public confessions can be therapeutic, emancipatory, or potentially exploitative.
Host Jeremy Kyle broadcasting before the show was axed.
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The popular daytime television show has been axed. Here's how programme makers can ensure proper aftercare fro reality show participants.
Married at First Sight’s many failed relationships are not a surprise, given the way the show is made.
Married at First Sight is meant to be about finding love. But relationship science suggests the experiment is actually a perfect storm of factors that predict relationship breakdown.
You should see the one that got away.
Online lies can often be easy to detect, by searching for images and phone numbers and exploring social media profiles. Some people lie anyway – and countless others take the bait.
Contestants Sonya Mefaddi and Hadil Faiza were asked to leave My Kitchen Rules after threatening another team. Sonya later spoke of how she had been bullied as a child.
Bullying is a serious public health problem. Yet too often, reality TV shows trade in insults and name calling.
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Many people dismiss the reality format as rubbish, but the shows and the social media discussion they promote are an important indicator of public opinion on vital issues.
The 2018 cast of Love Island.
Reality TV shows depicting relationships are popular, but a tolerance of abusive behaviour is also being exposed to a wide audience – including younger viewers.
The cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race season ten.
RuPaul's Drag Race, now in its tenth season, is an extraordinary success. But the show valorises a specific form of masculinity and is still grappling with a rapidly changing discourse around gender.