Television is not like it used to be, but it’s difficult to find accurate data on how it’s changing.
With free-to-air, pay TV, catch-up services and video-on-demand, television is changing in Australia, and the viewership metrics are struggling to keep up.
Why do people complain so much about ‘low-brow’ shows – yet still watch them?
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How do those who watch low-brow television shows rationalize their behavior? We found out.
Right now, do we need light jokes about slightly potty old Blighty?
Miranda Tapsell used her speech at the Logies to issue a challenge to producers to reflect the diversity of Australia on our TV screens.
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When Miranda Tapsell called for more diversity in Australian television in her Logies speech, she hit the nail on the head. It's time for Australian producers to take colour-blind casting seriously.
Struggle Street was no more voyeuristic than any reality TV show of the last two decades.
The producers of this series are doing what public service media are tasked to do – making the marginal visible, including the excluded, putting poverty on the public agenda.
How would you feel about Frank Underwood as your next Prime Minister?
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Fictional politicians may have spoilt the party for the real ones -- they're much more charismatic, dramatic and funny. What would happen if seven of the best competed?
Poverty porn produces abjectifying images of the poor for privileged gratification.
The more privileged of us swear, fart and take drugs, just like the less privileged portrayed in the SBS show Struggle Street. But they don’t have exploitive documentaries being made about them.
The Way Ahead Task Force in action.
W1A has got funnier but the bad news is that the better W1A gets, the worse the BBC looks.
Winter is coming … but you might not be toasting marshmallows.
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With four episodes leaked before the launch of the current Game of Thrones season, illegal downloaders face a quandary: binge now, or hang on and enjoy the weekly water-cooler chats at work.
Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Martin Hart in True Detective.
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Narrative power is produced through sophisticated storytelling, as evidenced by Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Wire, Mad Men and many others.
Game of Thrones new season: There will be fireworks.
The new season of Game of Thrones signals entertainment companies are getting used to the idea that piracy comes with success. The trick is to loosen fans' wallets a little down the line.
The Wars to Come.
There's little in the way of sex and combat, but season five promises a lot...
Fans are eagerly awaiting the launch of season five of Game of Thrones this weekend – and they have good reason to be excited.
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Cultural and media scholars over the past 20 years have tended to avoid discrimination between the bad, the good and the better. The new season of Game of Thrones starts this weekend – and it's simply better than the rest.
Don Draper’s last hurrah.
You may be finding it difficult to contemplate life without Don Draper. Here's a possible solution.
Would there be a place in advertising’s postmodern era for Don Draper?
The final season concludes in 1969. What happened in the advertising industry over the ensuing decades?
Are new video-on-demand services really ‘breathing new life’ into Australian content?
The arrival of subscription video on demand services Netflix, Stan and Presto have implications for what we call "television" in Australia – and much of the policy detail remains to be hammered out.
Popular Latino musicians like Café Tacvba didn’t make an appearance.
At an event that bills itself as 'the place to preview the technology of tomorrow today,' one of the fastest-growing, youngest and most tech-savvy segments of the population was largely ignored.
A real missed opportunity.
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The political docudrama missed a huge opportunity to offer real insight so close to another election.
AMC’s The Walking Dead gives valuable lessons on how humans can survive disaster by acting collectively.
AMC's zombie hit The Walking Dead has garnered a huge global audience. As the finale of the series' fifth season screens, we should pay attention not to the zombies – but to the survivors.
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Channel 4's dramatisation of the five days in May 2010 when the Coalition was formed is almost revolutionarily empathetic with our political leaders.